KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – In the insanity that engulfed the 18th inexperienced as Phil Mickelson became golf’s oldest major winner, brother Tim Mickelson made certain to have a tendency the flag and safe it as a prized possession.
“It’s already in the golf bag,” he mentioned.
When it was over and Phil had claimed his sixth main championship at age 50, 11 months and seven days, he and Tim embraced in one in all the lengthy hugs the place huge brother and little brother inform one another ‘I love you, man.’
Tim known as caddying for his brother his third profession in the sport. First, he was the males’s golf coach at the University of San Diego for eight years after which at Phil’s alma mater, Arizona State, from 2011 to 2016. He left to develop into an agent for one in all his gamers, Jon Rahm, who had all of the makings of the celebrity he has develop into. Tim served in that position for 17 months till Phil and caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay cut up in June 2017 after 25 years of working collectively. What started on an interim foundation grew to become official a number of months later and collectively they’ve received 5 instances collectively – three on the PGA Tour and two on the PGA Tour Champions.
But this one was additional particular, coming at a time when Phil was largely being written off as completed, turning 68s into 72s.
“As a coach,” Tim mentioned, “I always used to say, ‘It’s all about the process.’ You hope that the results will come when you want them to, but you have to trust that the process will lead you to the promise land.”
And so, Tim stored the religion.
“We all knew it was there, and he actually had told me [two] weeks ago, I think it was right after Charlotte, he said, I am going to win again soon. I just said, ‘Well, let’s just make sure we’re in contention on a Sunday.’ ”
Phil made certain of that capturing rounds of 70-69-70 to assert the 54-hole lead, and Tim remained his brother’s greatest supporter.
“As much as the fans want it, I want it more for my brother,” he mentioned after the second spherical. “I see how hard he works, not just at tournaments. When he’s home, he’s playing every day. So, I see how much he wants it, and I want to do anything I can to help him have that.”
He delivered extra than simply the yardages, wind route and serving to with membership alternative on Sunday. At the fourth tee, Phil was involved that the 4-wood he added to the bag at the final minute on Sunday would possibly go too far. But Tim’s reassuring phrases gave Phil the confidence to decide to the shot.
“I think certainly my brother has played a big part in kind of keeping me present and in the moment and not letting a couple of bad swings affect me here or there, and so I think we’re having so much fun that it’s easy to stay present,” Phil mentioned on Saturday.
When requested after he had captured the Wanamaker Trophy 16 years after he had accomplished so for the first time, how Tim had been essential to his success on Sunday, Phil didn’t even anticipate the query to be completed earlier than leaping into his reply.
“I’ll tell you a perfect example, and this is an intangible that makes him relatable or understand me, get the best out of me and makes him a great caddie is I’m walking off 6, I had made some uncommitted swings the first six holes. I had been striking the ball awesome the first three days. I had a wonderful warm up session, like I was ready to go and I made some uncommitted swings the first six holes. He pulled me aside and said, ‘If you’re going to win this thing, you’re going to have to make committed golf swings,’ ” Phil mentioned. “It hit me in the head, I can’t make passive (swings), I can’t control the outcome, I have to swing committed. The first one I made was the drive on 7. Good drive on 7 gave me a chance to get down by the green and make birdie. From there on, I hit a lot of really good shots because I was committed to each one.”
Later he added, “It was the turning part of the day for me. It was the perfect thing to say.”
Phil mentioned his brother doesn’t say a lot, however this week Tim estimated he informed his brother 200 instances to maintain a quiet thoughts.
“I just told him to stop thinking so much. When he would get ahead of himself, I reminded him, ‘Hey, we’ll worry about that when we get there.’ A few stories here and there. Maybe one or two might have been made up, who knows, but anything I can to keep his mind off of the shot that’s coming up when it’s not even our turn to hit,” Tim mentioned.
And so Phil adopted in the footsteps of Dustin Johnson who received a serious championship (2020 Masters with Austin) with his youthful brother on the bag.
Said Phil’s longtime agent Steve Loy: “I mean, he’s now going to all of a sudden be one of the Top-10 players in the history of the game, and his brother is on the bag to share it. That’s as good as it gets.”
So good that it introduced Tim to tears.
“To win a major championship at this stage of his career,” Tim mentioned, “I definitely teared up for the first time since caddying for him four and a half years ago.”