Phil Mickelson ended his five year wait without a trophy with victory in the WGC-Mexico recently, where he beat Justin Thomas in a play-off in Naucalpan. Before his World Golf Championship success, his last win was in the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield.
Leftie’s triumph in Mexico is likely to inspire a number of players who are over 40 years old on the PGA Tour. Here is a look at some of these senior players who may still have more victories in them before they retire or move across to the senior tour.
There have been one or two signs since Tiger Woods returned to action earlier this year that he is capable of being in the mix come the weekend at a tournament. With 14 major championship wins to his name, Woods has been too good of a player to lose all of his talent, despite having a number of problems off the golf course. Expect the American to improve throughout 2018 as he gets more competitive action under his belt; therefore, he could be a good bet to win the final major on the calendar, the US PGA Championship, where he is +2500 in the golf betting for the tournament at Bellerive Country Club.
At the age of 51, Steve Stricker will be one of the oldest players to win on the PGA Tour if successful in 2018. The former world number two won his first title in 1996 when he scored in the Kemper Open. Stricker played in all four major championships in 2017, when he made the cut in each of the different tournaments. In 2016 he finished fourth in the Open Championship at Royal Troon to remind everyone that he still has the game to challenge for trophies.
2016 Open Championship winner Henrik Stenson goes into most tournaments that he enters as one of the leading players at the top end of the betting. The Swedish golfer is 41 years old now, though, and it will be interesting to see if he can keep up his high standards. The two-time European Golfer of Year has looked after himself and has not had as many injuries as some of his rivals at his age, so he looks more than capable of scoring in not just a PGA Tour event in 2018, but also one of the major championships.
Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington has had a brilliant career with a bagful of victories coming on the European Tour and PGA Tour. The Irishman has excelled the most in the Open Championship where he was victorious in 2007 and then returned 12 months later to defend the Claret Jug. Unfortunately, Harrington can’t compete with the big hitters on the tour today. However, if he is on a course where power off the tee is not advantageous, he is very much in the mix as his short game is as good as ever.
The first opportunity for these players to win a major in 2018 is in the US Masters which takes place at Augusta National Golf Club between April 5-8.