‘That’s my quarterback!!!’: Tom Brady, other celebs react to Phil Mickelson’s PGA victory

Tom Brady was among the sports celebrities to publicly celebrate Phil Mickelson's victory at the PGA Championship.

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There are many ways to distinguish Phil Mickelson’s record-breaking PGA Championship victory from the remainder of the other significant moments in golf over the last decade.

The first, and most obvious, was visible for the world to see Sunday: the crowds. The scene at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Sunday was ripe for history, with thousands of adoring admirers lining the ropes (and bringing the noise) for the final round of play. The image of Mickelson’s 18th hole jaunt with thousands of fans behind him is comparable perhaps only to Tiger Woods’ 2018 victory at East Lake, in which the swathes of fans swarmed him on the way up the 72nd hole.

Another distinguishing factor in Mickelson’s victory is its historical significance. No player in the history of the sport has won a major championship later than Phil, who at age 50 is the oldest major champion ever. Lefty joins only a handful of players with six major championships, and the major exemption that joins his victory means he’ll have what it takes to keep chasing the career grand slam at the U.S. Open for years to come.

But in truth, the most significant way in which Phil’s win set itself apart from championships of years past was in the reaction it earned from the sports world at large. Dozens of Tour pros, golf legends and sports celebrities celebrated as Phil walked off the 18th green — some close enough to Mickelson to share a hug and a warm word, others on social media. The best of the bunch are listed below.

Jack Nicklaus

Tiger Woods

Jon Rahm

Fellow Arizona State Jon Rahm shared a hug with Phil Mickelson off the 18th green at Kiawah Island.

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Brooks Koepka

Justin Thomas

John Daly

Steph Curry

Bryson DeChambeau

Condoleezza Rice

Tom Brady

James Colgan

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James Colgan is an assistant editor at GOLF, contributing stories for the website and magazine on a broad range of topics. He writes the Hot Mic, GOLF’s weekly media column, and utilizes his broadcast experience across the brand’s social media and video platforms. A 2019 graduate of Syracuse University, James — and evidently, his golf game — is still defrosting from four years in the snow, during which time he cut his teeth at NFL Films, CBS News and Fox Sports. Prior to joining GOLF, James was a caddie scholarship recipient (and astute looper) on Long Island, where he is from.