• May 25, 2021

Phil Mickelson Defies Odds, Wins PGA Championship

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Alright, increase your hand if you had Phil Mickelson, at an astronomical +20000 (if not increased at some sportsbooks), to gain the PGA Championship.

No hands? That is what we assumed.

And now all we can say is: By no means rely out great gamers, no make any difference the odds.

And this was not the initial time a important has been received by an individual at astronomical numbers. Louie Oosthuizen gained the 2010 Open Championship, also close to +20000.

Which delivers us again to Mickelson. It’s not like he was trending in the ideal course prior to this earlier weekend and we should have observed this outstanding victory coming. He was not and we did not.

Old Dog, New Tips

Mickelson, now 50-as well as, has spent some time on the PGA Tour Champions circuit with terrific success.

But he’s also ongoing to try out to hold up with the youthful crowd on the PGA Tour. He’s had mixed success…to say the minimum.

He gained the Squander Administration Phoenix Open and the Open Championship in 2013 (his fifth and most latest main).

Then he fell off the victory radar for five several years as his future acquire arrived at the WGC Championships in Mexico in 2018. He also won in 2019 at the AT&T Pebble Seaside Pro Am.

He went via 2020 with a next and a 3rd in 9 built cuts.

But in 2021 the bottom experienced been slipping out early and usually. Emphasis on ‘had been.’

He experienced just 1 top rated-10 finish in 9 designed cuts (to go alongside with 6 skipped cuts). He was even questioning his own travel and productiveness.

But evidently something clicked a short while ago and Mickelson gained his sixth major and at the similar time became the oldest participant to earn a key.

It just goes to present that on any provided week at any offered tournament by any supplied participant, lightning can strike.

Defying The Odds

It took place when Tiger Woods gained the Masters two years ago and it happened once again this previous week with Mickelson hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy. All it takes is a couple great breaks. Or maybe several good breaks. Add in a several made putts, a gap-out or two and a faltering team of players ideal behind and you have received the recipe for a victory for the ages…or at least the aged.

Not only did Mickelson defy the odds of winning the event, he defied a couple other betting numbers as perfectly.

FanDuel, following Mickelson had an up-and-down entrance 9 through the initial round, had him as substantial as +42000. And even although he experienced the guide heading into the ultimate round, he wasn’t the beloved on Sunday. He was, again, as substantial as +600 after Koepka took a a single-stroke guide soon after the 1st gap.

And a number of of the sportsbooks even experienced him at a additionally to even make the reduce right before the start of the tournament.

This 7 days there was lots of income to be built on Mickelson.

All individuals needed to do was pull the induce on individuals bets. Do not really feel lousy, you weren’t by itself.

But there were being ample winners that the sportsbooks felt the soreness with various reporting losses closing in on 7 figures.

Now we’ve obtained a pair of weeks just before the third significant of the season–the U.S. Open up.

It’s the tournament Mickelson wants to get to entire the grand slam. And a person other tidbit to contemplate is the match is staying held in his backyard at Torrey Pines.

Can he make it two majors in a row? It’s a good wager he will get a minimal more backing (and at decrease odds as he’s at +5000 at DraftKings, BetMGM, and at FanDuel as of Monday) heading into this major.