Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/16/14

MALELANE, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 11: Ernie Els of South Africa plays his second shot into the fourth green during the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club on December 11, 2008 in Malelane, South Africa. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
What's next on the horizon is the season's fourth and final major, the PGA Championship? The return to Oak Hill CC in Rochester, N.Y., might bring to mind Shaun Micheel's stunning victory when the PGA stopped there in 2003, a win that capped off a surprising season in the biggest events. Mike Weir had won the Masters in April and Ben Curtis the Open Championship in July, so Micheel's victory kept that shock value on the high end. But that 2003 PGA Championship is significant for another reason. It was the last major championship in Phil Mickelson's life as the man considered to be the best player never to have won a major. Remember? It was insufferable, but it was as sure as the sun coming up in the morning that the media would pound away whenever the Masters or the U.S. Open or the Open Championship or the PGA rolled around. It probably started when he was 27 or 28 and it continued into 1999 and 2000. And 2001. And 2002. And 2003. In April 2003, the lefthan...

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