Phil Mickelson leads the 103rd PGA Championship after the third round on Saturday and is 18 holes away from making history at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
Mickelson, 50, is attempting to become the first player 50 or older to win a major championship. He hasn’t won a major since the 2013 British Open. Julius Boros, who was 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship, was the oldest player to win a major.
“I think that because I feel I’m playing really well and I have an opportunity to contend for a major championship on Sunday — and I’m having so much fun — that it’s easier to stay in the present and not get ahead of myself,” Mickelson said when asked about his mindset for the final round.
“I think that’s a big part of it. … I think we’re having so much fun that it’s easy to stay present.”
Despite failing on the back nine, Mickelson posted a 2-under 70 to finish the tournament at 7-under 209 overall. He enters the final round with a one-shot advantage over two-time PGA champion Brooks Koepka.
Mickelson, who is attempting to win his sixth major championship and second PGA title, closed with a 5-foot par putt to maintain his lead after 54 holes. He had five birdies in his first ten holes on Saturday before a bogey on the 12th and a double bogey on the 13th.
Koepka tied Mickelson for the lead with a birdie on the 16th hole, but he missed a short putt on the 18th to slip back to second at 6-under 210. Koepka had five birdies and three bogeys in his third round.
Louis Oosthuizen, who began the third day tied for first with Mickelson, was third at 5-under par after his 72. Kevin Streelman is fourth at 4-under, and Branden Grace and Christiaan Bezuidenhout are tied for fifth at 3-under 213.
Meanwhile, Bryson DeChambeau was tied for seventh at 2-under par. On Saturday, he followed up his second-round 71 with another 71.
Jordan Spieth was even par after hitting the day’s low round of 68, seven shots out of the lead. Rickie Fowler was even also at the age of 69.
The final round of the PGA Championship will begin at 7:30 a.m. EDT on Sunday.