Phil Mickelson’s bid for history has reverberated properly past the golf world.
Tom Brady, who three months earlier turned the oldest person to ever play in a Super Bowl — let alone win one — was tuned in Saturday to watch the 50-year-old Mickelson maintain off the sphere within the PGA Championship, the place he’s 18 holes away from turning into the oldest champion in majors historical past.
“He’s so committed and such a great athlete, it’s a pleasure to see him compete,” the 43-year-old Brady wrote Saturday in a textual content message to the Los Angeles Times. “His love of the game is inspiring for us all and he is always looking for ways to improve mentally, physically and emotionally! Just great to watch.”
A 12 months in the past Monday, Brady and Mickelson had been paired in The Match: Champions for Charity, a made-for-TV occasion in opposition to Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods at The Medalist in Hobe Sound, Fla. Manning and Woods gained the playful showdown, which raised $20 million for coronavirus reduction.
It’s critical enterprise now for Mickelson, who heads into Sunday’s closing spherical with a one-shot lead over Brooks Koepka, trying to win the event for the third time in 4 years.
Mickelson, who turns 51 subsequent month, is the oldest participant with a 54-hole lead in a significant since 59-year-old Tom Watson at Turnberry in 2009. Watson misplaced that British Open to Stewart Cink. The oldest participant to win a significant was Julius Boros, who was 48 when he gained the 1968 PGA Championship.
“If he’s able to pull this off, I think it gets ranked up there with some of the great wins in history of the game, no question,” stated CBS announcer Jim Nantz. “I’m already getting a lot of texts from people that are saying, ‘Wow, where does this rank? Is it Tiger2019? Is it Jack ‘86?’” — references to legendary Masters victories by Woods and Nicklaus — “I mean, if it happens, it’s going to be on that short list. It would be one of the epic moments in the history of the game, and that’s not hyperbole.”
Mickelson, whose final victory in a significant got here on the 2013 British Open, has not had a prime 20 end within the final 10 months.
Despite dropping a five-shot lead within the span of 5 holes on the again 9 — at one level going bogey, double bogey — Mickelson steadied himself with pars on his final 5 holes, together with a signature flop shot to rise up and down on No. 18.
He stated he’s not involved about pushing too arduous Sunday, or wanting it too dangerous.
“I think that because I feel or believe that I’m playing really well and I have an opportunity to contend for a major championship on Sunday and I’m having so much fun that it’s easier to stay in the present and not get ahead of myself,” he stated.
“And so I think that’s a big part of it. 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.”
Jordan Spieth, 27, was born in 1993, the 12 months Mickelson performed in his first PGA Championship. Spieth, who has gained every of the opposite three majors, stated he isn’t stunned that Mickelson is making issues so attention-grabbing.
“Yeah, it’s Phil, right,” he stated. “It’s theatre. It’s just — I mean, I don’t watch golf but I promise you I’m going to turn it on to watch him today. It’s pretty incredible.”
This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.