Who is Phil Mickelson?
Arguably the best player to never be World No 1, Phil Mickelson has had an incredible career. ‘Lefty’ is a six-time major champion, the oldest major champion ever, and now a member of the LIV Golf tour.
Mickelson had an amazing amateur career, winning the Haskins Award and the Jack Nicklaus award in three consecutive years, from 1990 to 1992. He won the US Amateur Championship, and topped it all off by becoming one of just seven golfers to win on the PGA Tour as an amateur. He did so at the Northern Telcom Open in 1991 and remains the last to do so. That win was also his debut event on the PGA Tour.
That victory was one of 45 on the PGA Tour over his 30-year career, a record that includes wins in three of the four major tournaments. He is a three-time Masters Tournament winner, two-time PGA Championship winner and the 2013 Open Champion. The only major he has not won is the US Open, where he has finished runner-up on a record six occasions, the last of those coming in 2013.
The last of his six major titles was a history-making win as well. He was victorious at Kiawah Island in 2021 to win the PGA Championship. At the age of 50, he became the oldest men’s major champion in golf. That year, he also won four times on the PGA Champions Tour, including the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
In 2022, Mickelson joined the breakaway LIV Golf tour, where he is the team captain of HyFlyers GC.
Phil Mickelson | An Overview
Name: Philip Alfred Mickelson
Born: June 16, 1970
Nationality: United States
Residence: Rancho Santa Fe, California, United States
College: Arizona State University
Turned Pro: 1992
Professional Wins: 55
Highest World Ranking: 2 – February 2001
Best Results In Majors
6x Major Champion – 2004, 2006 & 2010 Masters Tournament, 2005 & 2021 PGA Championship, 2013 Open Championship
– Masters Tournament – WIN (2004, 2006, 2010)
– PGA Championship – WIN (2005, 2021)
– US Open – 2nd/T2 (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013)
– Open Championship – WIN (2013)
Professional Wins – 54
1991 (1) – Northern Telecom Open
1993 (3) – Buick Invitational of California, Tournoi Perrier de Paris, The International
1994 (1) – Mercedes Championships
1995 (1) – Northern Telecom Open
1996 (5) – Nortel Open, Phoenix Open, GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic, Ernst Championship, NEC World Series of Golf
1997 (2) – Bay Hill Invitational, Sprint International
1998 (2) – Mercedes Championships, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
2000 (4) – Buick Invitational, BellSouth Classic, MasterCard Colonial, Tour Championship
2001 (2) – Buick Invitational, Canon Greater Hartford Open
2002 (2) – Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Canon Greater Hartford Classic
2004 (3) – Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Masters Tournament, PGA Grand Slam of Golf
2005 (4) – FBR Open, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, BellSouth Classic, PGA Championship
2006 (2) – BellSouth Classic, Masters Tournament
2007 (4) – AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, The PLAYERS Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship, HSBC Champions
2008 (2) – Northern Trust Open, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
2009 (3) – Northern Trust Open, WGC-CA Championship, Tour Championship
2010 (1) – Masters Tournament
2011 (1) – Shell Houston Open
2012 (1) – AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
2013 (3) – Waste Management Phoenix Open, Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, Open Championship
2018 (1) – WGC-Mexico Championship
2019 (1) – AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
2021 (1) – PGA Championship
2020 (2) – Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National, Dominion Energy Charity Classic
2021 (2) – Constellation Furyk & Friends, Charles Schwab Cup Championship
Achievements and Awards
Haskins Award – 1990, 1991, 1992
Jack Nicklaus Award – 1990, 1991, 1992
World Golf Hall of Fame – 2012
Phil Mickelson | What’s In His Bag?
Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond (7.5° with Fujikura Ventus Red 6 X shaft)
Fairway Woods: Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond (14° with Fujikura Ventus Red 8 X shaft)
Hybrid: Callaway Apex UW
Irons: Callaway X21 UT Proto (4-5), Callaway Apex MB ‘21 (6-PW) all with KBS Tour V 125 S+ shafts
Wedges: Callaway PM Grind ’19 “Raw” (50°, 55°, 60°), Ping Eye2 all with KBS Tour-V 125 S+ shafts
Putter: Odyssey PM Blade
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X with Triple Track
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Phil Mickelson
When and where was Phil Mickelson born?
Phil Mickelson was born on June 16, 1970, in San Diego, California. Mickelson began playing golf at a young age, learning the game from his father.
When did Phil Mickelson turn professional?
Mickelson turned professional in 1992, after a highly successful amateur and collegiate career.
Who is Phil Mickelson married to?
Mickelson’s wife Amy has been a constant throughout his career, after the pair met at Arizona State University in 1992. Tbe pair got married four years later and have three children. Amanda, was born in 1999, with Sophia and Evan shortly following.
How many major championships has Phil Mickelson won?
As of June 2023, Phil Mickelson has won six major championships – three Masters titles, two PGA Championships, and an Open Championship.
Who are some of the golfers that Phil Mickelson is often compared to?
Due to his successful career and impact on the sport, Phil Mickelson is often compared to golf legends like Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.
What records does Phil Mickelson hold?
Some of Mickelson’s notable records include being one of the few players to win major championships in three different decades and being one of only six players to win a PGA Tour event as an amateur.
Did you Know?
Three Decade Major Winner
Mickelson is one of just ten players to have won major championships in three different decades, along with the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Lee Trevino.
Not Originally a Lefty
Despite being known for his left-handed swing, Mickelson is actually right-handed in all other activities. He learned to play golf by mirroring his father’s right-handed swing, which led to his distinctive left-handed golfing style.
Successful Collegiate Career
Mickelson had a stellar collegiate golf career at Arizona State University, where he won 16 tournaments, including three NCAA individual championships.
Winning Before Turning Professional
Mickelson won his first PGA Tour event, the Northern Telecom Open, in 1991 while he was still an amateur, making him one of only seven players to win a PGA event as an amateur in the history of the Tour.
Away from golf, Mickelson, along with his wife Amy, has been involved in numerous charitable activities, primarily through their foundation, focusing on youth and family initiatives.
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