Phil Mickelson

An American professional golfer who has won 44 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters titles (2004, 2006, 2010), a PGA Championship (2005), and an Open Championship (2013) is named for Phil Mickelson. He is one of 12 players in the history of golf to win three of the four majors. He has spent over 25 consecutive years in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking. He has spent over 700 weeks in the top-10, has reached a career-high world ranking of No. 2 several times, and is a life member of the PGA Tour. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012. In his collegiate golf career, he managed to win 16 tournaments. He also became the only second amateur golfer to win the first-team All-American honors for all 4 years of his collegiate stint. In May 2010, he was included by Time magazine in their prestigious, The 100 Most Influential People in the World. He was featured in the heroes category as well. In the year 2008, he was added to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. He won his first major championship in 2004 by securing a win at the PGA Tour Masters. He had scored an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole for his victory. In the year 1994, he made his first TV show appearance in Witness episode of the comedy-drama series, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”. In the year 1996, he made his theatrical film debut in the romantic comedy movie, “Tin Cup”. He has always considered representing his country at an international tournament to be the greatest honor. He has represented the US in 11 ‘Ryder Cup’ matches and 12 ‘Presidents Cups’. He is nicknamed as “Lefty”.

Phil Mickelson returns to Winged Foot: U.S. Open 2020

Fourteen years later, Phil has a chance to conquer Winged Foot the way he was unable to in the year 2006. He infamously failed to win the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. Though it’s exciting to think about Phil potentially completing the career grand slam on the same course that delivered maybe his most crushing defeat; he went to the 72nd hole in 2006 needing par to win and found double bogey; reality is not on his side. “Look, I’m 50. My career is what it is,” he told reporters earlier this week. “I look at now as a bonus. Any win; a tour win, a major; they’re bonus wins. It’s fun for me to be able to compete and play in this event. It’s fun for me to come back after ’06. It’s a fun opportunity for me to try to add a bonus to my career. That’s kind of how I’m looking at it.” He narrowly got into this field after the COVID-19 pandemic expanded the net for automatic qualifiers.  

Famous For

  • Being a professional successful golfer. 
  • For winning more than 40 PGA Tour events. He has also been ranked in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking on several occasions.

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What is the Birthplace of Phil Mickelson?

Born on 16th June 1970, Phil Mickelson’s full name/birth name is Phil Alfred Mickelson. His birthplace is in San Diego, California, in the USA. He was raised in San Diego and Scottsdale, Arizona. He holds an American nationality and he belongs to American-White ethnicity. His race is White. He was born to his parents; Philip (father) and Mary Mickelson (mother). Regarding his parent’s occupation, his father was a Navy fighter-jet pilot who later flew commercial airlines. His maternal grandfather, Alfred Santos (also Mickelson’s middle name) was a caddie at Pebble Beach Golf Links and took Phil golfing as a child. His parents also encouraged him to pick up golf by using his father’s airline job to help him compete in various tournaments, and his mother pitched in with the expenses by taking up a job. He played golf left-handed since he learned by watching his right-handed father swing, mirroring his style. He began golf under his father’s instruction before starting school. As per his education, he finished his high school from the “University of San Diego High School” in the year 1988. After that, he went on to study psychology at the “Arizona State University” in Tempe, on a golf scholarship. He then started playing amateur golf as a teen and won three “NCAA” championships and three ‘Haskins Awards’ to become the face of amateur golf in the US by 1992. He then matched Ben Crenshaw’s record in individual ‘NCAA’ championships and won 16 tournaments during his college days. He was the second collegiate golfer to earn first-team All-American honors all four years. In the year 1990, he became the first with a left-handed swing to win the U.S. Amateur title, defeating high school teammate Manny Zerman 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final at Cherry Hills, south of Denver. His biggest achievement as an amateur was his first ‘PGA Tour’-event win in 1991, at the age of 20. His college coach, Steve Loy, was his caddy that day and later became his business manager and guide. He then graduated from the ‘Arizona State University’ in the year 1992 and took up professional golf. As of 2020, he celebrated his 50th birthday. Gemini is his Zodiac sign and his religion is Christian.

How was Phil Mickelson’s Golf Career?

  • After his graduation, Phil Mickelson turned professional. 
  • He then hired Jim “Bones” Mackay as his caddy in the year 1992. 
  • He then won many PGA Tour tournaments including the Byron Nelson Golf Classic and the World Series of Golf in 1996, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 1998, the Colonial National Invitation in 2000, and the Greater Hartford Open in 2001 and again in 2002.
  • His 2000 Buick Invitational win ended Tiger Woods’ streak of six consecutive victories on the PGA tour stating “I didn’t want to be the bad guy. I wasn’t trying to end the streak per se. I was just trying to win the golf tournament” after the win. 
  • His very first major championship win came in his thirteenth year on the PGA Tour in the year 2004 and captured his second major at the PGA Championship at Baltusrol in 2005. 
  • He again captured his third major title the following spring at the Masters. 
  • During the third round of the 2006 Ford Championship at Doral, he gave a spectator $200 after his wayward tee shot at the par-5 10th broke the man’s watch.
  • In the U.S. Open at Oakmont in June, Mickelson missed the cut (by a stroke) for the first time in 31 majors after shooting 11 over par for 36 holes. Later, he was injured in the wrist that was incurred while practicing in the thick rough at Oakmont a few weeks before the tournament.
  • He then won the Deutsche Bank Championship, which is the second FedEx Cup playoff event on 3rd September 2007.
  • On the final day, he was paired with Tiger Woods, who ended up finishing two strokes behind Mickelson in a tie for second.
  • He won the “Crowne Plaza Invitational” at Colonia, ahead of Tim Clark and Rod Pampling in the year 2008. 
  • He was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
  • He won his first 2009 tour event when he defended his title at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera, one stroke ahead of Steve Stricker. 
  • Additionally, he won his first “World Golf Championship” at the “WGC-CA Championship” in the year 2009, one stroke ahead of Nick Watney. 
  • Due to the cancer treatment of his wife and mother, he maintained his ranking at one place behind Tiger Woods, by winning the “Tour Championship” and “WGC-HSBC Championship” in the year 2009.
  • He announced on 31st May stating that he would return to play on the PGA Tour in June at the St. Jude Classic and the U.S. Open since he had heard from the doctors treating his wife that her cancer had been detected in an early stage. 
  • He shot a final-round 70 at the 2009 U.S. Open and recorded his fifth runner-up finish at the U.S. Open. 
  • He won The Tour Championship for the second time in his career in September and entered the final round four strokes off the lead, but shot a final-round 65 to win the event by three strokes over Tiger Woods. 
  • With the win, he finished the season second behind Woods in the 2009 FedEx Cup standings.
  • He also won the WGC-HSBC Champions by one shot over Ernie Els in Shanghai on 8th November. 
  • He won the Masters Tournament on April 11 with a 16-under-par performance, giving him a three-stroke win over Lee Westwood in the year 2010 which marked the third Master’s victory for Mickelson and his fourth major championship overall.
  • He was then diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. He added that he had started medical treatment, and had become a vegetarian in hopes of aiding his recovery. 
  • He went on to finish the championship T12, five shots behind winner Martin Kaymer.
  • He started his 2011 season at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course where he shot 67-69-68 and was tied for the 54 hole lead with Bill Haas. 
  • He recorded a win at the “Shell Houston Open”, placing him at the number three spot on the world ranking list, while Tiger Woods had fallen to number seven.
  • He made his 2012 debut at the Humana Challenge and finished tied for 49th.
  • To start the 2012 FedEx Cup Playoffs, he finished T38 at The Barclays, +1 for the tournament.
  • He began the 2013 season in January by playing in the Humana Challenge, where he finished T37 at -17. 
  • He then won his fifth major title on July 21 at the Open Championship (often referred to as the British Open) Muirfield Golf Links in Scotland; the Open Championship is the oldest of the four major tournaments in professional golf. 
  • Prior to the 2015 Masters, his best finish in 2015 was a tie for 17th. 
  • He shot rounds of 70-72-70 and was eight shots behind, outside the top forty at The Open Championship. 
  • It was later announced that he would leave longtime swing coach Butch Harmon, feeling as though he needed to hear a new perspective on things.
  • He then hired Andrew Getson of Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, to serve as his new swing coach.

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  • He made his 2016 debut at the CareerBuilder Challenge where he shot rounds of 68-65-66-68 to finish in a tie for third place at 21-under-par. 
  • At the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, he shot rounds of 68-65-66-72 to finish in solo second place, a shot behind Vaughn Taylor.
  • In the fall of 2016, Mickelson had two sports hernia surgeries. 
  • Later, despite two hernia operations in 2016, he bounced back to win the “CareerBuilder Challenge” and was named as the captain’s pick for the 2017 “Presidents Cup”.
  • He also became the oldest winner of a WGC event, at age 47.
  • In the third round of the 2018 U.S. Open, he incurred a two-stroke penalty in a controversial incident on the 13th hole when he hit his ball with intent while it was still moving. 
  • He was a captain’s pick for Team USA at the 2018 Ryder Cup, held in Paris between September 28 and 30.
  • He won the pay-per-view event, Capital One’s The Match on 23rd November 2018. This was a $9,000,000 winner-takes-all match against Tiger Woods at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas.  
  • He won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in the year 2019 and the win was Mickelson’s 44th career title on the PGA Tour, and his fifth at Pebble Beach, tying Mark O’Meara for most victories in the event.
  • The following year, he finished 3rd at the 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and tied for 2nd in the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
  • He was ultimately eliminated from the FedEx Cup Playoffs following The Northern Trust at TPC Boston in August 2020. 
  • He then made his debut on the PGA Tour Champions after a week. 
  • What’s more, he won the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National in his first tournament after becoming eligible for PGA Tour Champions on his 50th birthday on 16th June 2020. 
  • He was the 20th player to win their debut tournament on tour. His 191 stroke total tied the PGA Tour Champions all-time record for a three-day event.

Awards and Achievements of Phil Mickelson

PGA Tour Victories 

  • 1991 Northern Telecom Open
  • 1993 Buick Invitational of California, The International
  • 1994 Mercedes Championships, Presidents Cup
  • 1995 Northern Telecom Open
  • 1996 Nortel Open, Phoenix Open, GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic, NEC World Series of Golf
  • 1997 Bay Hill Invitational, Sprint International
  • 1998 Mercedes Championships, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
  • 2000 Buick Invitational, BellSouth Classic, MasterCard Colonial, THE TOUR Championship
  • 2001 Buick Invitational, Canon Greater Hartford Open
  • 2002 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Canon Greater Hartford Open
  • 2004 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Masters Tournament
  • 2005 FBR Open, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, BellSouth Classic, PGA Championship
  • 2006 BellSouth Classic, Masters Tournament
  • 2007 THE PLAYERS Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
  • 2008 Northern Trust Open, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
  • 2009 Northern Trust Open, World Golf Championships-CA Championship, THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola
  • 2010 Masters Tournament
  • 2011 Shell Houston Open
  • 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
  • 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open, The Open Championship
  • 2018 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship
  • 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

International Victories 

  • 1993 Tournoi Perrier de Paris [EurChall]
  • 2007 HSBC Champions [Eur]
  • 2009 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions [Eur]
  • 2013 Scottish Open

Additional Victories 

  • 2001 Tylenol Par-3 Shootout at Treetops Resort
  • 2004 Telus Skins Game
  • 2004 PGA Grand Slam of Golf

National Teams

  • 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 Presidents Cup
  • 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 Ryder Cup
  • 1996 Dunhill Cup
  • 1990 World Amateur Team Championship
  • 1989, 1991 Walker Cup

Who is Phil Mickelson married to?

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Phil is a married man. He was married to his beautiful wife, Amy McBride in the year 1996. The duo is also blessed with three children named Amanda, Sophia, and Evan. By profession, Amy was a fellow ASU alum and a cheerleader for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. In the year 2009, his wife, Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer, which made Phil suspend his “PGA Tour” schedule indefinitely. He returned to play after a month when the doctors assured him that the cancer was detected at an early stage and could be treated. Again, he took leave from golf again for his mother’s treatment for breast cancer at the same hospital. As of today, the couple is enjoying their life a lot without any disturbances. His sexual orientation is straight and he is not gay. 

On hearing the story of a retired golfer and his struggle to make ends meet, he volunteered to sponsor the education of one of his daughters. He has contributed a large part of his earnings for welfare projects for the armed forces and for children. 

How much is Phil Mickelson’s Net Worth?

Phil Mickelson is one of the renowned and successful golfers who has achieved a great height in his career. He is a very talented left-handed golfer who has grabbed many awards and achievements. As of 2020, the net worth of Phil Mickelson is estimated to have $400 Million as per sources. In 2020, the legend earned $40 million in sponsorships and collaborations alone. Although he won only $800,000 in winnings, Mickelson can still laugh his way to the bank. In the year 2015, Forbes estimated his annual income at $51 million. Whereas his exact details about his salary have not been disclosed yet. He earns far more from endorsements than from prize money. As of 2011 earnings (comprising salary, winnings, bonuses, endorsements, and appearances), Mickelson was then the second-highest paid athlete in the United States, earning an income of over $62 million, $53 million of which came from endorsements. He currently endorses are KPMG, ExxonMobil (Mickelson and wife Amy started a teacher sponsorship fund with the company), Rolex, Workday, Inc., Callaway Golf, and Mizzen+Main. Previously, he was sponsored by Titleist, Bearing Point, Barclays, and Ford.

How tall is Phil Mickelson?

Charming and handsome, Phil Mickelson stands tall at the height of 6 ft 2½ in or 189 cm. His balanced bodyweight consist of 91 KG or 201 lbs. His body build is Average. His hair color is dark brown and his eye color is blue. He has got a towering height with a bright smile attracting a lot of people towards him. Previously, he was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 2010, for which he had to undergo medical treatment. He also became a vegetarian to help him battle the disease. He also went through two hernia surgeries in 2016 but continued with his golf career. He became conscious of his weight when he had to play with younger players and started training under Sean Cochran in an effort to lose twenty pounds, determined to remain fit enough for competitive golf. Overall, he has got a healthy body at present. 

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