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Name: - Philip Alfred "Phil" Mickelson
Country: - USA
Born : - On June 16th, 1970 in San Diego, California, the son of an airline pilot.
Original Home/Club: - San Diego, California
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1992
Web Address: - http://www.philmickelson.com
Sponsor / Attachment: - KPMG, Callaway Golf, Barclays.

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (5): The Open (2013); Masters Tournament (2004, '06, '10); US PGA Ch'ship (2005). US Amateur Champion (1990). Walker Cup player (1989, '91). Ryder Cup player (1995, '97, '99, 2002, '04, '06, '08, '10, '12, '14, '16). Presidents Cup player (1994, '96, '98, 2000, '03, '05, '07, '09, '11, '13, '15, '17). Multiple wins on the US PGA Tour and European Tour. World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2012).


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Born in San Diego, California, "Lefty" as he is known on tour, developed his left-handed swing by mirroring the right-handed swing of his father. In all other activities aside from golf, Mickelson is right-handed. With five major championship victories (to date) and over 50 professional wins in total, Mickelson is arguably the greatest left-handed golfer in the history of the game. His eleven Ryder Cup appearances is a record only equalled by England's Nick Faldo.

Mickelson attended college at Arizona State University in Phoenix, where he enjoyed great success as an amateur golfer. He won three NCAA individual championships and led the ASU Sun Devils to the NCAA National Championship in 1990. In the same year he became the first left-handed golfer to win the U.S. Amateur title. As a 20-year old amateur, he recorded his first win on the PGA Tour in the 1991 Northern Telecom Open, in Tucson.

Mickelson turned professional in 1992 after graduation, and embarked on a very successful and lucrative career. He became known for his "aggresive" risk-reward approach to the game, as well as for his mesmerising short game skills around the greens. Mickleson is also a firm favourite with golf fans around the world, based on the courtesy and respect he shows to spectators. His tally of over 50 professional wins, includes victories in the Open Championship, Masters Tournament and PGA Championship. A win in the U.S. Open would give him a much coveted career slam.

Mickelson currently lives in Ranch Sante Fe, California with his wife Amy and their three children. According to one estimate in 2011, Mickelson's endorsements made him the second-highest paid athlete in the United States at that time.


Top tournaments won by Phil Mickelson

2018Men WGCWGC - ChampionshipChapultepec268 (-16)$1,700,000
Played as the WGC-Mexico Championship (March 1-4). Mickelson (USA) beat Justin Thomas (USA) at the first playoff hole (par-3 17th), to record his first PGA Tour win for almost five years. [GC Chapultepec, Naucalpan, Mexico City].
2013Men AmericaPhoenix OpenTPC Scottsdale256 (-28)$1,116,000
Played as the Waste Management Phoenix Open (Jan 31-Feb 3). Second-placed Brandt Snedeker (USA) finished 4 shots behind Mickelson (USA), who claimed his third win in this event. [Stadium course, TPC Scottsdale, Phoenix, AZ].
2013Men EuropeScottish OpenCastle Stuart271 (-17)€579,000
Played as the Aberdeen Asset Mgt Scottish Open. Mickelson (USA) beat Branden Grace (RSA) at the first playoff hole. [Castle Stuart Links, nr Inverness].
2013Men MajorsThe OpenMuirfield281 (-3)£945,000
The Open Championship (142nd) (July 18-21). Second-placed Henrik Stenson (Swe) finished 3 shots behind Mickelson (USA). Mickelson's remarkable final round 66 (5-under par), meant he was the only player to finish the championship with an overall score below par. This was Mickleson's fifth major championship victory, and a back-to-back win having won the Scottish Open a week earlier. [Muirfield - The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, East Lothian].
2012Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach269 (-17)$1,152,000
Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Feb 9-12). Second-placed Charlie Wi (S Kor) finished 2 shots behind Mickelson (USA), who recorded his 40th PGA Tour win and fourth win in this event. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Monterey Peninsula CC and Spyglass Hill GC].
2011Men AmericaHouston OpenHouston, GC of268 (-20)$1,044,000
Played as the Shell Houston Open. Second-placed Chris Kirk (USA) and Scott Verplank (USA) finished 3 shots behind Mickelson (USA). [Tournament course, GC of Houston, Humble, TX. At the time known as Redstone GC].
2010Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National272 (-16)$1,350,000
The Masters Tournament (74th) (April 8-11). Second-placed Lee Westwood (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Mickelson (USA), who won his third Masters green jacket and the fourth major of his career. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
2009Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRiviera CC, Calif.269 (-15)$1,134,000
Played as the Northern Trust Open (Feb 19-22). Second-placed Steve Stricker (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Mickelson (USA). [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].
2009Men AmericaTour Championship (PGA Tr)East Lake GC271 (-9)$1,350,000
Played as the Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola (Sept 24-27; last of four FedExCup playoff events). Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA) finished 3 shots behind Mickelson (USA). Woods' second-place gave him enough points to win the season-long FedEx Cup and associated $10 million bonus. [East Lake GC, Atlanta, GA].
2009Men WGCWGC - ChampionsSheshan Intl.271 (-17)$1,200,000
Played as the inaugural WGC-HSBC Champions (Nov 5-8; co-sanctioned by world's leading mens professional tours; previously the HSBC Champions, which was not a WGC event). Second-placed Ernie Els (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Mickelson (USA), who claimed his second HSBC Champions title in three yrs. [Sheshan Intl GC, Shanghai, China].
2009Men WGCWGC - ChampionshipDoral Golf Resort269 (-19)$1,400,000
Played as the WGC-CA Championship (March 12-15). Second-placed Nick Watney (USA) finished 1 shot behind Mickelson (USA). This was Mickelson's first WGC win in 27 attempts. [Blue Monster course, Doral Golf Resort, Miami, FL].
2008Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex266 (-14)$1,098,000
Played as the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Second-placed Tim Clark (RSA) and Rod Pampling (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Mickelson (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
2008Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRiviera CC, Calif.272 (-12)$1,116,000
Played as the Northern Trust Open (Feb 14-17; formerly Nissan Open). Second-placed Jeff Quinney (USA) finished 2 shots behind Mickelson (USA). [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].
2007Men AmericaDell Tech ChampionshipTPC Boston268 (-16)$1,260,000
Played as the Deutsche Bank Championship (Aug 31-Sep 3; second of four FedExCup playoff events). Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA), Brett Wetterich (USA) and Arron Oberholser (USA) finished 2 shots behind Mickelson (USA). [TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.].
2007Men AsiaHSBC ChampionsSheshan Intl.278 (-10)US$833,300
Played as the HSBC Champions (Nov 8-11; Eurpn/Asian Trs event; European Tr 2008 season). Mickelson (USA) beat Lee Westwood (Eng) and Ross Fisher (Eng) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Sheshan Intl GC, Shanghai, China].
2007Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach268 (-20)$990,000
Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Feb 8-11). Second-placed Kevin Sutherland (USA) finished 5 shots behind Mickelson (USA), who recorded his 30th PGA Tour win and third in this event. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Poppy Hills GC and Spyglass Hill GC].
2007Men AmericaPlayers Ch'ship (PGA Tr)TPC Sawgrass277 (-11)$1,620,000
Played as The Players Championship. Second-placed Sergio Garcia (Esp) finished 2 shots behind Mickelson (USA). [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].
2006Men AmericaAtlanta ClassicTPC Sugarloaf260 (-28)$954,000
Played as the BellSouth Classic. Second-placed Jose Maria Olazabal (Esp) and Zach Johnson (USA) finished 13 shots behind defending champion Mickelson (USA). This was Mickelson's lowest ever four-round total in a PGA Tour event and the fourth lowest score in relation to par in PGA Tour history. [TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Georgia].
2006Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National281 (-7)$1,260,000
The Masters Tournament (70th) (April 6-9). Second-placed Tim Clark (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Mickelson (USA). Winless in his first 42 major championship outings, this was the third of three majors won by Mickelson in the subsequent nine outings. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
2005Men AmericaAtlanta ClassicTPC Sugarloaf208 (-8)$900,000
Played as the BellSouth Classic. Mickelson (USA) won after a 5-way playoff, beating Rich Beem (USA) with a birdie at the fourth extra hole. Arjan Atwal (Ind) and Brandt Jobe (USA) were eliminated at the first playoff hole. Jose Maria Olazabal (Esp) was eliminated at the third extra hole. [TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Georgia].
2005Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach269 (-19)$954,000
Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Feb 10-13). Second-placed Mike Weir (Can) finished 4 shots behind Mickelson (USA), who recorded his second win in as many weeks, following his Phoenix Open triumph. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Poppy Hills GC and Spyglass Hill GC].
2005Men AmericaPhoenix OpenTPC Scottsdale267 (-17)$936,000
Played as the FBR Open (Feb 3-6). Second-placed Scott McCarron (USA) and Kevin Na (S Kor/USA) finished 5 shots behind Mickelson (USA), whose second round 60 set-up his win. [Stadium course, TPC Scottsdale, Phoenix, AZ].
2005Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipBaltusrol GC276 (-4)$1,125,000
The US PGA Championship (87th) (Aug 11-14). Second-placed Thomas Björn (Den) and Steve Elkington (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Mickelson (USA), who recorded his second major championship win. Monday finish required after weather interruptions on the Sunday. [Lower course, Baltusrol GC, Springfield, NJ].
2004Men AmericaCareerBuilder ChallengePGA West330 (-30)$810,000
Played as the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (Jan 21-25). Mickelson (USA) beat Skip Kendall (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to record his second win in this event in three years. [PGA West (Palmer), La Quinta, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Bermuda Dunes CC; Indian Wells CC; La Quinta CC].
2004Men AmericaGrand Slam of GolfPoipu Bay GC127$400,000
Played as the PGA Grand Slam of Golf by the season's four Major winners. Second-placed Vijay Singh (Fiji) finished 5 shots behind Mickelson (USA). Third was Retief Goosen RSA); fourth was Todd Hamilton (USA). [Poipu Bay GC, Koloa, Kauai, Hawaiian Islands].
2004Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National279 (-9)$1,170,000
The Masters Tournament (68th) (April 8-11). Second-placed Ernie Els (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Mickelson (USA), who clinched his first major championship with a birdie at the last. Mike Weir was the first left-hander to win the Masters (in 2003); a year later, Mickelson became the second. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
2002Men AmericaCareerBuilder ChallengePGA West330 (-30)$720,000
Played as the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (Jan 16-20). Mickelson (USA) beat David Berganio Jr (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to record his 20th PGA Tour win. [PGA West (Palmer), La Quinta, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Bermuda Dunes CC; Indian Wells CC; Tamarisk CC].
2002Men AmericaTravelers Ch'shipTPC River Highlands266 (-14)$720,000
Played as the Canon Greater Hartford Open. Second-placed Jonathan Kaye (USA) and Davis Love III (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Mickelson (USA). [TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, CT].
2001Men AmericaFarmers Insurance OpenTorrey Pines269 (-19)$630,000
Played as the Buick Invitational (Feb 8-11). Defending champion Mickelson (USA) beat Frank Lickliter II (USA) with a double bogey at the third playoff hole. Davis Love III (USA) was eliminated at the second playoff hole. [Final round: South course, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA. Earlier rounds: North & South courses].
2001Men AmericaTravelers Ch'shipTPC River Highlands264 (-16)$558,000
Played as the Canon Greater Hartford Open. Second-placed Billy Andrade (USA) finished 1 shot behind Mickelson (USA). [TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, CT].
2000Men AmericaAtlanta ClassicTPC Sugarloaf205 (-11)$504,000
Played as the BellSouth Classic. Mickelson (USA) beat Gary Nicklaus (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-3 16th). Final round cancelled due to heavy rain. [TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Georgia].
2000Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex268 (-12)$594,000
Played as the MasterCard Colonial. Second-placed Stewart Cink (USA) and Davis Love III (USA) finished 2 shots behind Mickelson (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
2000Men AmericaFarmers Insurance OpenTorrey Pines270 (-18)$540,000
Played as the Buick Invitational (Feb 10-13). Second-placed Shigeki Maruyama (Jpn) and defending champion Tiger Woods (USA) finished 4 shots behind Mickelson (USA). [South course, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA].
2000Men AmericaTour Championship (PGA Tr)East Lake GC267 (-13)$900,000
Played as the Tour Championship (Nov 2-5). Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA) finished 2 shots behind Mickelson (USA). This was the first time in 20 tournaments, dating back to his third professional start in 1996, that Woods led after 54-holes but didn't take home the trophy. [East Lake GC, Atlanta, GA].
1998Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach202 (-14)$450,000
Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Jan 29-Feb 1). Second-placed Tom Pernice Jr (USA) finished 1 shot behind Mickelson (USA). Event reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Poppy Hills GC and Spyglass Hill GC].
1998Men AmericaTourmnt of Chmpns (PGA Tr)La Costa Resort271 (-17)$306,000
Played as the Mercedes Championships (Jan 8-11; PGA Tour season opener). Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA) and Mark O'Meara (USA) finished 1 shot behind Mickelson (USA). [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].
1997Men AmericaArnold Palmer InvtlBay Hill Club272 (-16)$270,000
Played as the Bay Hill Invitational presented by Office Depot. Second-placed Stuart Appleby (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Mickelson (USA), who recorded his 10th PGA Tour win. [Bay Hill Club, Orlando, FL].
1997Men AmericaThe InternationalCastle Pines48 ptsx
Played as The International, on a modified Stableford system. [Castle Pines GC, Castle Rock, nr Denver, Colorado].
1996Men AmericaByron Nelson Ch'shipTPC Las Colinas265 (-15)$270,000
Played as the GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic. Second-placed Craig Parry (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Mickelson (USA). [TPC course, Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, Irving, nr Dallas, TX. First two rounds also used the resort's Cottonwood Valley course].
1996Men AmericaPhoenix OpenTPC Scottsdale269 (-15)$234,000
Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 24-27). Mickelson (USA) beat Justin Leonard (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole. [Stadium course, TPC Scottsdale, Phoenix, AZ].
1996Men AmericaTucson OpenTucson Natl.273 (-14)$225,000
Played as the Nortel Open. Second-placed Bob Tway (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Mickelson (USA), who recorded his third win in this event. [Catalina course, Tucson National Resort, Tucson, AZ].
1996Men AmericaWorld Series of GolfFirestone CC274 (-6)$378,000
Played as the NEC World Series of Golf. Second-placed Billy Mayfair (USA), Steve Stricker (USA) and Duffy Waldorf (USA) finished 3 shots behind Mickelson (USA). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
1995Men AmericaTucson OpenTucson Natl.269 (-19)$225,000
Played as the Northern Telecom Open. Second-placed Jim Gallagher Jr (USA) and Scott Simpson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Mickelson (USA). [Catalina course, Tucson National Resort, Tucson, AZ].
1994Men AmericaTourmnt of Chmpns (PGA Tr)La Costa Resort276 (-12)$180,000
Played as the Mercedes Championships (Jan 6-9; PGA Tour season opener). Mickelson (USA) beat Fred Couples (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole. [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].
1993Men AmericaFarmers Insurance OpenTorrey Pines278 (-10)$180,000
Played as the Buick Invitational of California (Feb 18-21). Second-placed Dave Rummells (USA) finished 4 shots behind Mickelson (USA), who recorded his first win as a professional (having already won on the PGA Tour as an amateur). [South course, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA].
1993Men AmericaThe InternationalCastle Pines45 ptsx
Played as The International, on a modified Stableford system. [Castle Pines GC, Castle Rock, nr Denver, Colorado].
1991Men AmericaTucson OpenStarr Pass272 (-16)amateur
Played as the Northern Telecom Open. Second-placed Bob Tway (USA) and Tom Purtzer (USA) finished 1 shot behind Mickelson (USA, amateur). 20-year-old Mickelson, who forfeited the $180,000 first prize, recorded his first PGA Tour win. [Starr Pass GC, Tucson, AZ. At the time known as TPC at Starr Pass].
1990Men AmateurUS AmateurCherry Hills CC5 & 4n/a
The US Amateur Championship (90th). Mickelson (USA) beat Manny Zerman (USA) 5 and 4 in the final. [Cherry Hills CC, Englewood, CO].

 

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