'Oh my gracious': Golf world explodes over Phil Mickelson miracle

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Phil Mickelson (pictured left) giving the thumbs up after a shot and (pictured right) fans surround him at the 103rd US PGA Championship.
Phil Mickelson (pictured left) made history after winning the 103rd US PGA Championship and (pictured right) surrounded by fans in crazy scenes. (Getty Images/Twitter)

Phil Mickelson has defied the odds and become the oldest major champion ever after holding off rivals in a dramatic finish to the 103rd US PGA Championship.

The 50-year-old started Sunday with a one-shot lead at Kiawah Island's windswept Ocean Course and despite three bogeys in his opening seven holes, before he produced three stunning birdies to offset them.

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But Mickelson held off a nervy Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen to raise his hands in triumph and claim his sixth major championship.

Mickelson, who last won the PGA Championship in 2005, surpassed Julius Boros as the oldest major winner after he claimed his sixth major.

Boros won the 1968 PGA Championship at age 48.

Fans across the world lauded Mickelson's miracle with fans flocking to his side after the win, which the commentators described as 'pure bedlam'.

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The veteran's day took off after an incredible shot that energised the swarming galleries, and his own energy, on the par-three 5th.

"Oh my gracious," one commentator said.

“That was just inexplicable,” another added.

After his tee shot landed in a sandy waste area the short game wizard holed out his next shot for birdie.

When he birdied the 10th hole Mickelson was four-shots clear of the challengers and while South African Oosthuizen pulled within three with a birdie on the 12th hole, he dropped back with a double bogey a hole later.

Mickelson finished with a final round of 73.

Koepka has won two of the past three PGA Championships, failed to chase history of his own as he vies to be just the sixth player with three or more Wanamaker trophies, joining Walter Hagen (5), Jack Nicklaus (5), Tiger Woods (4), Gene Sarazen (3) and Sam Snead (3).

Mickelson is a six-time major winner after three Masters win (2004, 2006 and 2010), the PGA Championship in 2005 and the Open Championship in 2013.

Fans erupted after his victory, which resulted in Koepka needing security to get through the bustling crowd to finish his game.

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