I know little about the game of golf, except for the time I took lessons and practiced with a few ladies from work. I quit after it seemed I was good at whacking the ball hard, but had no finesse in putting.
I don’t follow players or watch golf tournaments now, but I know names of some of the game’s most famous: Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Vijay Singh, Lee Travino, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus.
And then there’s Phil Mickelson.
At age 50, Phil became the oldest male golfer to win the 2021 PGA championship on May 23rd. I happened to click on the station broadcasting the game to watch the end and the delight of the crowd as they chanted, “Lefty! Lefty! Lefty!” Obviously, Phil golfs left-handed, one thing I did know about him.
“The 50-year-old Mickelson, ranked 115th in the world, without a top 10 in his last 16 starts and without truly contending in a major championship the past four years did the near-unthinkable on Sunday.”
I chose this story not only for the happy ending, but for the realization that no matter what the last five or ten years look like, what our life has been like, what struggles we have been through, we can make great accomplishments at any age. Grandma Moses started painting at age 76. John Glenn went back into space at age 77. Christopher Plummer won an Oscar at age 82.
Phil Mickelson did his thing at 50 and perhaps there’s more for him in the next five years and beyond. I should also mention that Phil plays with psoriatic arthritis, which must give his golf swing fits from time to time. Thankfully, luckily and perhaps blessedly, he forgot his age and any health issues, and found the best golf game of his life. Kudos to him and to everyone over 50 who keep going and strive for the unexpected and exceptional.
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