Nobody. Not Nicklaus or Snead or Watson or Boros. Not Harry Vardon or Old Tom Morris.

  • Vardon almost did it when he was 50. He was leading the US Open by five strokes with only seven holes to play, but a freak storm whipped out from Lake Erie and put a damper on his brilliant day. He was seven over par for the final seven – and still finished a close second!
  • Snead won tour events while in his 50s, but never a major. His most amazing effort was in the 1974 PGA, when he finished only three strokes back at age 62.
  • Tom Watson tied for the British Open lead at age 59, but lost in a playoff.
  • Old Tom Morris was about 46 when he won his final British Open, but he made the top five when he was 60.

All close. None with cigars.

But Phil Mickelson did pull it off. He won the White Owl. The El Producto. The Dutch Masters. The Phillies Cheroot.

This past weekend he was Older Tom Morris.