June 23, 2021
Phil Mickelson’s win at the 2021 PGA Championship at the age of 50 was an achievement golf fans will remember for a long time, largely because it was such an inspiring achievement for so many golf fans.
They include the legendary ESPN analyst Mike Wilbon.
As a guest of presenter Claude Harmon III in the latest episode of the Off Course podcast, which you can subscribe to right here on iTunes, Wilbon and Mickelson have been friends for years. They used to make fun of each other for taking a few extra pounds, but it was all good-natured and now they have their own weight loss stories to tell.
“We used to tease each other about our weight loss,” says Wilbon. “We were both about 230 pounds. I’m at 206 now, Phil looks like he could be at 190. He looks great. “
But Wilbon told Claude how he watched his friend Phil raise the trophy, inspired him again. After Phil’s victory, Wilbon said he went to the range on Sunday evening and then spent an hour and a half longer on the range on Monday. When he saw Phil win, Wilbon reminded him of an important life lesson:
“He has an influence on me,” he said. “Get stronger, get in better shape and work on it. This will be the only way to get back to where I was … enjoy the work. “
Listen to the full episode here:
Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor for GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role, he oversees all of the brand’s service journalism in the areas of instruction, equipment, health and fitness on all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.
An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina-Beaufort golf team, where he put them at number 1 on the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to do his Masters in Journalism from Columbia University and was named in 2017 “Rising Star” of the News Media Alliance. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek, and The Daily Beast.