On a rainy Tuesday in the Piedmont, two days before the last big golf tournament of the year, there was nothing finer in Carolina than to hear Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els talk about reaching the century mark — and Rory McIlroy talk about Phil and Ernie, along with some comments of his own game.
When the 99th PGA Championship begins Thursday at Quail Hollow Country Club, Mickelson and Els each will be playing in his 100th major championship, a total achieved by only 12 others and topped by the 164 of the great Jack Nicklaus.
“So 100,” McIlroy said, “that’s more than 20 years of playing majors. Wow! That’s pretty impressive. Especially how late [in their careers] they have...
Tiger Woods, left, and Phil Mickelson wait on the tee box at No. 7 during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Sunday.