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 Phil Mickelson of the United States celebrates with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning during the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson of the United States celebrates with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning during the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

 Phil Mickelson of the United States celebrates on the 18th green after winning during the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson of the United States celebrates on the 18th green after winning during the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Phil Mickelson of the United States celebrates with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning during the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson became the oldest winner in major history amid remarkable scenes at the 103rd US PGA Championship.

With fans back in attendance at the Kiawah Island course, a raucous atmosphere erupted as one of the game's most enduring figures claimed his sixth major title and his first since the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield.

Amid cries of 'Phil, Phil, Phil', Mickelson gave the fans what they wanted as they circled the final green in huge numbers and watched their all-American hero roll in his final putt for a two shot victory.

The Irish duo of Open champion Shane Lowry and European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington had set the clubhouse target on two under, the good friends playing together and carding matching rounds of 69.

That was enough to secure the Harrington and Lowry a share of fourth spot, yet they were never likely to get into the mix for a play-off despite some wayward shots from Mickelson, who received a heroes welcome as he marched up to the 18th green with a comfortable two-shot lead.

The 50-year-old pared the last to card a closing 73 amid euphoric scenes around the 18th green, with one fan getting a little too close to the champions as he grabbed him around his shoulders before stewards regain control and allow Mickelson to cut a path through the throngs to make it onto the 18th green.

"I want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting," declared a clearly emotional Mickelson, who had his brother Tim on as his caddie in what was very much a family affair.

"This is just an incredible feeling. I believed it was possible, but it was a case of getting there.

"I just love this game of golf. I just love what I do. I've never had an experience like this.

"This is just amazing. I believed I had the ability to do it, but I have not played the way I have wanted to. It is so fulfilling and rewarding. These are moments I will cherish forever.

"As you get older, people say you can't do it, but there is no reason why it can't be done. It has taken a little extra work physically, but there is no reason it can't be done. This is perfect.

"I hope that others find that inspiration. It might take a little extra work, a little bit harder effort to maintain physically or maintain the skills, but gosh, is it worth it in the end and I'm so appreciative to be holding this Wanamaker Trophy.

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"My brother Tim, what a great job he did this week I'm just so appreciative of having him on the bag and being able to share this incredible experience.

"I also have to thank Andrew Getson who’s taken me from not swinging well to swinging pretty good and I just appreciate all the hard work he’s put in to help me achieve this."

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Phil Mickelson of the United States gives a thumbs up as he walks to the 18th green during the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson of the United States gives a thumbs up as he walks to the 18th green during the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson of the United States gives a thumbs up as he walks to the 18th green during the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

A 280-1 outsider at the start of the week, Mickelson will celebrate his 51st birthday on June 16, the day before the US Open – which he needs to win to complete the career grand slam – gets underway at Torrey Pines.

Julius Boros had been the previous oldest major champion, claiming the US PGA title in 1968 at the age of 48, but Mickelson's place in history is assured after this remarkable triumph.

A 280-1 outsider at the start of the week, Mickelson will celebrate his 51st birthday on June 16, the day before the US Open – which he needs to win to complete the career grand slam – gets under way at Torrey Pines.

Julius Boros had been the previous oldest major champion, claiming the US PGA title in 1968 at the age of 48, but Mickelson's place in history is assured after this remarkable triumph.

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