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How Tom Brady inspired Phil Mickelson's historic PGA Championship win originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Phil Mickelson did his best Tom Brady impression this weekend at Kiawah Island.
The 50-year-old became the oldest golfer in PGA history to win a major championship Sunday when he took home the PGA Championship trophy, surpassing Julius Boros, who won the same tournament in 1968 at age 48.
Brady, who teamed up with Mickelson for a charity golf match against Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning last year, was fired up on Twitter as Mickelson closed in on victory.
The 43-year-old Brady is no stranger to success at an advanced age, having won Super Bowls with both the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers after turning 40.
In his post-win interview with ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski, Mickelson credited Brady for fueling his return to prominence late his career.
"I’m very inspired by Tom Brady," Mickelson said. "He is actually a big motivation, because of how hard he works to be the best and to elongate his career."
Brady threw 40 touchdowns passes for the Bucs last season at age 43 and shows no signs of slowing down, with plans to play until at least 45. The greatest quarterback of all time has become the poster child (poster adult?) for sustained excellence, and Mickelson is one of many athletes who have been inspired to keep playing at a high level after watching Brady's success.
Mickelson also added he and Brady have some "unfinished business" after losing last year's match to Woods and Manning.
"I want to get in another match with him because spending time with him, it’s inspiring," Mickelson said. "But it’s also, I learn a lot."
Check out Mickelson's full interview with Wojciechowski below.