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Phil Mickelson makes history

May 28, 2021
Last weekend at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island golf course in South Carolina, Phil Mickelson became the oldest male player to win a major championship at almost 51 years old. He won with a score of six under par by two shots over Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen.
 
As I predicted, the course played tough for all the golfers, which made it very enjoyable to follow and see who would do well come Sunday. At the beginning of the week nobody even talked about Phil Mickelson being able to win this tournament, so when he really started to look strong in the second round, he definitely became the one to watch. He did a good job limiting the amount of double bogeys that have been haunting his game of late. The golf course was playing more like a US Open set up, which means  you don’t have make as many birdies to be at the top of the leaderboard. Phil broke the record of Julius Burroughs from 1968 who was 48 years old when he won the PGA Championship way back then. The closest anyone has come to breaking that record up til now was Tom Watson (who was 59) in the 2009 British Open. I hope Phil really enjoys this win, it was much deserved.
 
The 76ers have dominated the first two games in the playoffs against the Washington Wizards. I think they have a really good chance to win this series. They would then have to play either the New York Knicks or the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the playoffs.
 
In the past two weeks or so, the Philadelphia Phillies defense has cost them a number of games. They have got to stop making so many Little League mistakes. Winning one game and then losing the next few is not going to cut it. They have to get a handle on this and show a better effort if they want to be contenders to win their division. So far, the Phillies have been just plain lucky that the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets have played sporadically as well. At this point none of them look to run away with the lead in the division and makes for a lot of frustration for the fans.
 
Congratulations goes out to the Cape Henlopen women’s lacrosse team for winning their 12th straight high school state championship! What an amazing dynasty they have been able to develop over the years. I remember when the program first started with just a JV team! This is quite an accomplishment.
 
Also congratulations to the Cape boys lacrosse team as well for having a great season and advancing to the finals again, but losing a close game to Sallies 12-10. It was a great attempt to defend their 2019 state championship. What a great rivalry they have had over the years.
 
It's a bummer that this holiday weekend will be a bit of a washout but enjoy it.
 
  • A 2002 Cape grad and 2007 UD grad, Lewes resident Sumner Spence is one of the Cape area's biggest sports fans. Wheelchair-bound his entire life, he has lived vicariously through his sports-playing father, brother, and friends, who gave him his love of sports. He hopes to provide new and interesting perspectives on the sports stories and issues of the day. Email Sumner at sumspence@gmail.com.

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