Last night, former world boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. was ringside for Phil Mickelson’s victory at the BMW Championship. Though the two hadn’t seen each other since Jones fought for the heavyweight title, Mickelson and his family were all in attendance at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., to see Mickelson win.
It’s been a good week for Phil Mickelson, who at one point in his life was arguably the greatest golfer ever. After his 64th birthday, the man who many consider the greatest active golfer in the world, put himself on the top of the list for the highest number of major championships ever won. Through his career, Mickelson has won five major championships, three of which he won in a five-year period. It is a record that has stood for decades, but it may have been broken.
When Phil Mickelson recently made history at the PGA Championship, inspiration abounded. After becoming the oldest golfer to win a major tournament, Lefty was inspired by Tom Brady, who just won his seventh Super Bowl at age 43. What Mickelson didn’t know was that he was a bit of an inspiration himself. Former boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. was highly motivated to return to the ring.
Phil Mickelson, motivated by Tom Brady
Phil Michelson hits a tee shot on 18. Hole in the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club on the 27th. May 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. After Mickelson won the PGA Championship and made history, he called Brady, his match play partner from last year. He and Brady participated in a celebrity golf match against Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning. Brady and Mickelson lost. I’m very inspired by Tom Brady, he said after his win in the majors. In fact, he is a great motivator because he works hard to become the best and extend his career. He and I have unfinished business. I want to fight him again and win. Because we didn’t win last time. We lost on the last hole. I want to play another game with him, because the time I spent with him inspires me and I learn a lot. Mickelson and Brady will get their chance to rehab. You will join Aaron Rodgers and Bryson Deschambault at The Reserve at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana on July 6.
Phil Mickelson did the unthinkable at the PGA Championship
It wasn’t easy for Mickelson, but he did it. Four-time major winner Brooks Koepka blew out his neck in the final round. Koepka has won the PGA Championship twice before. Mickelson was 115th in the world ranking when he started the tournament. He hasn’t finished in the top 10 at the majors since the 2016 Open. Lefty made it. He believed in himself even when the odds were clearly against him. I mean, it’s just a great feeling because I thought it was possible, but everything said it wasn’t possible, Mickelson said, according to The Athletic. And I hope others find inspiration. It may take a little more work, a little more effort to stay fit or maintain skills, but in the long run it’s worth it. He said it was an experience he had never experienced in his long golf career. I don’t think I’ve ever had an experience like this, so thank you for that, Mickelson told fans. A little nerve-wracking, but extremely awesome, so thank you.
Jones Jr. ready for another comeback after watching Mickelson
Jones Jr. returned to the spotlight in November when he returned to the ring for a practice match against Mike Tyson. The fight ended in a draw, but brought Jones Jr. back into fight mode. Mickelson’s win also seems to have made the fighter ready for the fight. Jones Jr. is 52 years old. One would assume that a return to the ring with someone like Tyson would quench that competitive thirst. Having seen Mickelson rise to the top of the sport at his age, Jones Jr. was just very motivated to start playing again. Phil Mickelson really inspired me, he said, according to Boxing Scene. What he did set me on fire and I immediately went back to the gym. I said: If Phil can be the oldest person to win the Main Event, why not the Cruiserweight title that eluded you? Jones said.