San Diego, California, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|Residence||Rancho Santa Fe, California, U.S.|
|College||Arizona State University|
|Current tour||PGA Tour (joined 1992)|
|Professional wins (41)|
|PGA Tour||34 (13th all time)|
| Best Results in Major Championships|
|Masters||Won 2004, 2006|
|U.S. Open||2nd/T2: 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006|
|The Open Championship||3rd: 2004|
|PGA Championship||Won 2005|
Philip Alfred Mickelson (born June 16, 1970) (nicknamed "Lefty" for his left-handed swing, even though he is otherwise right-handed), is an American professional golfer. He is one of the leading players of his generation, having won three major championships and a total of 34 events on the PGA Tour. He has reached a career high world ranking of 2nd in multiple years.
According to a Sports Illustrated feature entitled "The Fortunate 50", Mickelson is the second-highest paid athlete in the world, behind Tiger Woods. In 2007, Mickelson earned $62 million, $53 million of it from endorsements. The same article estimated that he earned $51 million in 2006. In January 1994 Mickelson made a short cameo appearance in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in the episode named "Witness".
Just prior to the 2004 Ryder Cup, Mickelson was dropped from his long standing contract with Titleist/Acushnet Golf when he took heat for a voicemail message he left for a Callaway Golf executive. In it, he praised their driver and golf ball and thanked them for their help in getting some equipment for his brother. This memo was played to all of their salesmen and eventually found its way back to Titleist. He was then let out of his multi-year deal with Titleist 16 months early and signed on with Callaway golf, his equipment sponsor to this day. He endured a great deal of ridicule and scrutiny from the press and fellow Ryder Cup members for his equipment change so close to the crucial Ryder Cup matches. He faltered horribly at the 2004 Ryder Cup going 1-3-0, but refused to blame the sudden change in equipment or his practice methods on his performance.
The following year, in a Monday final round, Mickelson captured his second career major championship with his victory at the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol. On the 18th hole, Mickelson hit one of his trademark soft pitches from deep greenside rough to within a foot and a half of the cup, and then made his birdie to finish at a 4-under-par total of 276, one shot ahead of Steve Elkington and Thomas Bjørn. Mickelson captured his third major championship the following spring by winning the 2006 Masters. He won his second Green Jacket after shooting a 3 under par final round, winning by 2 strokes over his nearest rival Tim Clark. This win propelled him to 2nd place in the Official World Golf Rankings (his career best), behind Tiger Woods and ahead of Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen.
Reflecting on his performance afterwards Mickelson admitted: "I still am in shock that I did that. I just can't believe I did that. I'm such an idiot".
Demonstrating grace after even the toughest defeats, showing appreciation to legions of his fans and always honoring the traditions and history of the game has made Mickelson one of the most popular players ever to play on the Tour. During the third round of the 2006 Ford Championship at Doral, Mickelson gave $200 to a spectator after his wayward tee shot at the par-5 10th broke the man's watch.
Mickelson has also shown other signs of appreciation. In 2007, after hearing the story of retired NFL player Conrad Dobler and his family on ESPN explaining their struggles to pay medical bills, Mickelson volunteered to pay for Conrad's daughter Holli's college education at Miami University in Ohio.
On May 13, 2007, Mickelson came from a stroke back on the final round to shoot a three-under 69 to win The Players Championship with an 11-under-par 277. This Mother's Day win was his first without his wife and children present.
In the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont, after shooting 11 over par after 2 rounds, Mickelson missed the cut (by a stroke) for the first time in 31 majors, since the 1999 British Open at Carnoustie. He had been hampered by a wrist injury that was incurred while practicing in the thick rough at Oakmont a few weeks before the tournament.
On September 3, 2007, Mickelson won the Deutsche Bank Championship which is the second FedEx Cup playoff event. On the final day he was paired with Tiger Woods who ended up finishing 2 strokes behind Mickelson in a tie for second. It was the first time Mickelson was able to best Woods while paired together on the final day of a tournament. The next day Mickelson announced that he would not be competing in the third FedEx Cup playoff event. His withdrawal stemmed from a disagreement with PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem over issues Mickelson would not explain.
Mickelson has spent over 500 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Rankings, the most by anyone not ranked number one.
In a recent Men's Vogue article, Mickelson recounted his effort to lose 20 pounds with the help of sports trainer Sean Cochran. "Once the younger players started to come on tour, he realized that he had to start working out to maintain longevity in his career," Cochran said. Mickelson's regimen consisted of increasing flexibility and power, eating five smaller meals a day, aerobic training, and carrying his own golf bag.
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning Score||Margin of Victory||Runner(s) up|
|1.||Jan. 13, 1991||Northern Telecom Open (as an amateur)||-16 (65-71-65-71=272)||1 stroke||Tom Purtzer|
|2.||Feb. 21, 1993||Buick Invitational of California||-10 (75-69-69-65=278)||7 strokes||Jay Don Blake, Jay Haas, Greg Twiggs|
|3.||Aug. 22, 1993||The International||11-7-11-16 = 45||8 points||Mark Calcavecchia|
|4.||Jan. 9, 1994||Mercedes Championships||-12 (70-68-70-68=276)||Playoff||Fred Couples|
|5.||Jan. 22, 1995||Northern Telecom Open||-19 (65-66-70-68=269)||1 stroke||Jim Gallagher, Jr.|
|6.||Jan. 14, 1996||Nortel Open||-14 (69-66-71-67=273)||2 strokes||Bob Tway|
|7.||Jan. 27, 1996||Phoenix Open||-15 (69-67-66-67=269)||Playoff||Justin Leonard|
|8.||May 15, 1996||GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic||-15 (67-65-67-66=265)||2 strokes||Craig Parry|
|9.||Aug. 25, 1996||NEC World Series of Golf||-6 (70-66-68-70=274)||3 strokes||Billy Mayfair, Steve Stricker, Duffy Waldorf|
|10.||Mar. 23, 1997||Bay Hill Invitational||-16 (72-65-70-65=272)||3 strokes||Stuart Appleby|
|11.||Aug. 3, 1997||Sprint International||14-13-12-9 = 48||7 points||Stuart Appleby|
|12.||Jan. 11, 1998||Mercedes Championships||-17 (68-67-68-68=271)||1 stroke||Mark O'Meara, Tiger Woods|
|13.||Feb. 1, 1998||AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am||-14 (65-70-67=202)||1 stroke||Tom Pernice, Jr.|
|14.||Feb. 13, 2000||Buick Invitational||-18 (66-67-67-70=270)||4 strokes||Shigeki Maruyama, Tiger Woods|
|15.||Apr. 2, 2000||BellSouth Classic||-11 (67-69-69=205)||Playoff||Gary Nicklaus|
|16.||May 21, 2000||MasterCard Colonial||-12 (67-68-70-63=268)||2 strokes||Stewart Cink, Davis Love III|
|17.||Nov. 5, 2000||The Tour Championship||-13 (67-69-65-66=267)||2 strokes||Tiger Woods|
|18.||Feb. 11, 2001||Buick Invitational||-19 (68-64-71-66=269)||Playoff||Frank Lickliter, Davis Love III|
|19.||Jul. 1, 2001||Canon Greater Hartford Open||-16 (67-68-61-68=264)||1 stroke||Billy Andrade|
|20.||Jan. 20, 2002||Bob Hope Chrysler Classic||-30 (64-67-70-65-64=330)||Playoff||David Berganio, Jr.|
|21.||Jun. 23, 2002||Canon Greater Hartford Open||-14 (69-67-66-64=264)||1 stroke||Jonathan Kaye, Davis Love III|
|22.||Jan. 25, 2004||Bob Hope Chrysler Classic||-30 (68-63-64-67-68=330)||Playoff||Skip Kendall|
|23.||Apr. 11, 2004||The Masters||-9 (72-69-69-69=279)||1 stroke||Ernie Els|
|24.||Feb. 6, 2005||FBR Open||-17 (73-60-66-68=267)||5 strokes||Scott McCarron, Kevin Na|
|25.||Feb. 13, 2005||AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am||-19 (62-67-67-73=269)||4 strokes||Mike Weir|
|26.||Apr. 6, 2005||BellSouth Classic||-8 (74-65-69=208)||Playoff||Arjun Atwal, Rich Beem, Brandt Jobe, José María Olazábal|
|27.||Aug. 15, 2005||PGA Championship||-4 (67-65-72-72=276)||1 stroke||Thomas Bjørn, Steve Elkington|
|28.||Apr. 2, 2006||BellSouth Classic||-28 (63-65-67-65=260)||13 strokes||Zach Johnson, José María Olazábal|
|29.||Apr. 9, 2006||The Masters||-7 (70-72-70-69=281)||2 strokes||Tim Clark|
|30.||Feb. 8, 2007||AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am||-20 (65-67-70-66=268)||5 strokes||Kevin Sutherland|
|31.||May 13, 2007||The Players Championship||-11 (67-72-69-69=277)||2 strokes||Sergio García|
|32.||Sept. 3, 2007||Deutsche Bank Championship||-16 (70-64-68-66=268)||2 strokes||Arron Oberholser, Brett Wetterich, Tiger Woods|
|33.||Feb. 17, 2008||Northern Trust Open||-12 (68-64-70-70=272)||2 strokes||Jeff Quinney|
|34.||May 25, 2008||Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial||-14 (65-68-65-68=266)||1 stroke||Tim Clark, Rod Pampling|
PGA Tour playoff record (7-3)
|1.||1994||Mercedes Championship||Fred Couples||Won with par on second playoff hole|
|2.||1996||Phoenix Open||Justin Leonard||Won with birdie on third playoff hole|
|3.||2000||BellSouth Classic||Gary Nicklaus||Won with birdie on first playoff hole|
|4.||2000||GTE Byron Nelson Classic||Davis Love III, Jesper Parnevik||Lost on second playoff hole (Parnevik won with birdie on third playoff hole)|
|5.||2001||Buick Invitational||Frank Lickliter, Davis Love III||Won with double bogey on third playoff hole (Love was eliminated on second playoff hole)|
|6.||2002||Bob Hope Chrysler Classic||David Berganio, Jr.||Won with birdie on first playoff hole|
|7.||2004||Bob Hope Chrysler Classic||Skip Kendall||Won with birdie on first playoff hole|
|8.||2005||BellSouth Classic||Arjun Atwal, Rich Beem, Brandt Jobe, José María Olazábal||Won with birdie on fourth playoff hole (Olazábal was eliminated on third playoff hole. Atwal and Jobe were eliminated on first playoff hole)|
|9.||2007||Nissan Open||Charles Howell III||Lost to par on third playoff hole|
|10.||2008||FBR Open||J. B. Holmes||Lost to birdie on first playoff hole|
|Year||Championship||54 Holes||Winning Score||Margin||Runners Up|
|2004||The Masters||Tied for lead||-9 (72-69-69-69=279)||1 stroke||Ernie Els|
|2005||PGA Championship||Tied for lead||-4 (67-65-72-72=276)||1 stroke||Thomas Bjørn, Steve Elkington|
|2006||The Masters (2)||1 shot lead||-7 (70-72-70-69=281)||2 strokes||Tim Clark|
|The Masters||DNP||T46 LA||DNP||T34||DNP||T7||3||CUT||T12||T6|
|U.S. Open||T29 LA||T55 LA||CUT||DNP||T47||T4||T94||T43||T10||2|
|The Open Championship||DNP||T73||DNP||DNP||CUT||T40||T41||T24||79||CUT|
|The Open Championship||T11||T30||T66||T59||3||T60||T22||CUT||T19|
LA = Low Amateur
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
|Accenture Match Play Championship||R16||R64||DNP||R64||R16||QF||R16||R16||R32||R32|
1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No Tournament
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
|Year||Wins (Majors)||Earnings ($)||Rank|
Being a very popular golfer as well as a successful one, Mickelson is able to earn far more from endorsements than he does in prize money. According to estimates by Fortune Magazine Mickelson's income for 2007 was over $51 million, with $47 million coming from endorsements.
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