'No one gave a sh*t': Brooks Koepka's fury at Phil Mickelson moment

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Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson, pictured here during the final round of the PGA Championship.
Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson in action during the final round of the PGA Championship. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

One person who wasn't happy to see the insane scenes as Phil Mickelson made the walk to the 18th green at the PGA Championship on Sunday was Brooks Koepka.

Mickelson became the oldest major champion in golf history after completing a storybook week amid wild scenes at the 103rd PGA Championship.

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In scenes reminiscent of Tiger Woods' epic return to the winners circle in 2018 at the TOUR Championship, spectators broke containment lines and flooded the Ocean Course's 18th fairway before Mickelson could even reach the green.

Social media absolutely erupted over the incredible photos, however playing partner Koepka pointed out how dangerous the situation had become.

Mickelson was shepherded through the heaving masses by a few police and marshals, and soon emerged into a protected area near the green.

However it was some time before Koepka emerged to sanctuary.

Koepka, who is recovering from a dislocated kneecap, was left wondering if some of the bumps he received in the sea of people were actually deliberate.

"It would have been cool if I didn't have a knee injury and got dinged a few times in the knee in that crowd because no-one really gave a shit, personally," he said.

"If I was fine, yeah, it would have been cool. It's cool for Phil but getting dinged a few times isn't exactly my idea of fun.

"I don't mind waiting or being in that crowd. I don't know, it felt like somebody tried to, I don't know what the deal was. 

"Be putting it in ice (tonight). It feels like shit right now."

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Brooks Koepka gutted with second-place finish

Koepka finished equal-second with South African Louis Oosthuizen, two strokes behind Mickelson.

Koepka already has four major victories and claiming a fifth on a dodgy knee would have been perhaps the most impressive yet.

Second place hurt, but maybe not as much as his knee.

"It got bumped a few times," he said.

"Somebody jammed (caddie Rickie Elliott). Rickie stopped unintentionally because he got drilled in the face, and then I got drilled in the bag because he got stopped so quickly.

"But I don't know what someone tried to (do) or what the deal was. There were so many people around."

Thousands of fans, pictured here flooding the course as Phil Mickelson made his way to the 18th green.
Thousands of fans flooded the course as Phil Mickelson made his way to the 18th green. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Mickelson, speaking without apparently being aware of Koepka's comments, joked of his rival's slow emergence from the throng.

"I thought he was slow playing me there," Mickelson said, acknowledging that he too had found the scene a "little unnerving."

It is the sixth major of Mickelson's career, but first since winning the British Open in 2013.

By claiming his second PGA Championship 16 years after his first, Mickelson breaks the record held by 1968 PGA Championship winner Julius Boros (48) as the game's oldest major champion.

"I mean, this is just an incredible feeling because I just believed that it was possible, but yet everything was saying it wasn't," Mickelson said.

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