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PGA apologizes to Mickelson, Koepka for fans on final hole

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh has apologized to winner Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka for fans rushing onto the 18th hole at the PGA Championship on Sunday.

After Mickelson’s approach landed on the 18th green, spectators rushed past the ropes, marshals and security at the Ocean Course, quickly swarming the competitors as they played the 72nd hole.

Waugh said Monday the organization regretted that the scene “made two players and their caddies feel vulnerable.”

Waugh’s statement, released on social media, said the charge came from “a moment of . . .

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Ageless wonder Mickelson wins PGA to be oldest major champ

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The pandemonium closed in around Phil Mickelson as he walked toward the 18th green at Kiawah Island, where thousands upon thousands of euphoric fans wanted a piece of the history he delivered Sunday in the PGA Championship.

For all the thrills and spills that have defined his 30 years of pure theater, his latest act gave Mickelson his own place in the game.

A major champion at age 50, the oldest in the 161 years of major championship golf.

That final walk toward a two-shot victory was as much stress as he faced over the final hour, and it was a . . .

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Lefty calls on major magic to extend lead at PGA

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Phil Mickelson used some of his Lefty magic to extend his lead at the PGA Championship.

After landing in a bunker on the par-3 fifth hole, Mickelson blasted out and into the cup for birdie to move to 7-under par. He’s two shots in front of Kevin Streelman and Brooks Koepka.

Mickelson lifted his wedge in the air in celebration after the ball rolled into the cup. The large crowd . . .

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PGA known for being fair, Kiawah known for being a brute

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Whether it’s a reputation or an identity that had been sorely lacking, the PGA Championship has become known for having the toughest field that faces the fairest test.

Being fair doesn’t mean it can’t be a brute, the overriding topic of conversation about the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.

It’s not just the length, tipped out at 7,838 yards. No course seems too long in today’s game.

But throw in the stiff wind off the Atlantic coast — two loops that combine to offer nine holes in one . . .

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