As Phil Mickelson battled the wind at Kiawah Island down the stretch of the PGA Championship searching for his first main championship in eight years, he appeared utterly unfazed by the strain. The 50-year-old golfer minimized his errors all day Sunday as the remainder of the sector light round him, however his mom, Mary, was a nervous wreck watching from residence.
Mickelson’s mother anxiously texted his sister, Tina, throughout his remaining spherical with some hilarious recommendation for the Corridor of Famer, however he didn’t precisely pay attention.
Phil Mickelson triumphs in historic PGA Championship win
If somebody instructed you final week that Mickelson would win the 2021 PGA Championship at 50 years previous, you’d’ve laughed them out of the room. Lefty hadn’t received a PGA Tour occasion since 2019. He hadn’t recorded a top-20 end in a significant since 2016. Mickelson’s main championship window appeared to be slammed shut, sealed with everlasting glue, and boarded up for the remainder of eternity.
However home windows are by no means closed within the recreation of golf.
Regardless of the doubters, Mickelson shot a 6-under 282 at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course to win the PGA Championship by two strokes, changing into the oldest main champion in PGA Tour historical past within the course of.
Mickelson’s mother provided some hilarious recommendation throughout his remaining spherical
As Mickelson plodded by way of the again 9 at windy Kiawah Island on Sunday, he confirmed little to no nerves. However that wasn’t the case for his mom watching from residence. Mary Mickelson watched anxiously as her son held on tight to a slim lead down the stretch, and she or he even tried to get a message to Phil throughout his remaining spherical.
“Tina, [text] Philip and inform him simply to par in. Don’t hit bombs or activate calves. Simply par. They should catch him. He received’t take heed to his mom [so] you [text] him. Hurry,” she wrote in a textual content to Mickelson’s sister, Tina.
OK, there’s lots to unpack right here.
To start with, Mickelson’s mom nonetheless calling him Philip is simply *chef’s kiss*.
Secondly, “don’t hit bombs or activate calves” is just an ideal line. There’s no approach round it. She certain does know her son. Lastly, it’s extraordinarily uncertain that Mickelson (or his brother and caddie, Tim) was checking his cellphone in any respect throughout one of the necessary rounds of golf in his complete life.
However we admire the sentiment, Mother.
Mickelson didn’t precisely take heed to his mother’s recommendation
Mickelson won’t ever let anybody change who he’s or the best way he approaches the sport of golf. In his older age, he’s dedicated to bulking up and “hitting bombs” to maintain up with the large hitters on the PGA Tour at the moment.
That’s precisely what he did Sunday en path to victory.
On the par-5 sixteenth gap, Mickelson unleashed a 366-yard drive down the middle of the green (and 5 yards previous 31-year-old Brooks Koepka). It was the longest drive of any participant within the discipline on the sixteenth gap all week. Mickelson went on to make birdie on the outlet, which gave him sufficient of a cushion to cruise to a two-shot win.
By no means cease hitting bombs, Phil. Not even when your mom begs you to.