Philip Alfred Mickelson, widely popular as Phil Mickelson, is an American professional golfer. He is an acclaimed golfer who started his career in 1992 and has won 51 tournaments until present times. Nicknamed as Lefty, he is one of the sixteen golf players to have won three out of four majors, ending up in the runner’s up position for the fourth six times.
Phil Mickelson was born on 16th June, 1970 in San Diego, California to Philip Mickelson and Mary Mickelson. His father was an airline pilot and former naval aviator.
Besides spending his childhood days in San Diego, California, he was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. He started playing golf before he joined school with his father and mirrored his style.
Though usually right-handed, he plays golf with his left hand. He graduated from University of San Diego High School, in 1988. Later, he went up to graduate from Arizona State University.
Golf Career in College
He won a golf scholarship to Arizona State University in Tempe and during his span of study; he went on to become the face of amateur golf in the United States of America. He won three NCAA individual championships besides three Haskin Awards between 1990 and 1992. Over the entire period of his stay, he won 16 tournaments and also led a team called the Sun Devils for NCAA National Championship in 1990. He is the second golfer to earn a four year honors in this course.
His biggest breakthrough came only in 1991 when he won his first PGA tour in Tuscan, called the North Telecom Open. No one after him has been able to earn this until present times.
Professional Career in Golf
He won a number of PGA Tours like Byron Nelson Golf Classic, World Series of Golf, Colonial National Invitation and Greater Hartford Open between the years 1996 and 2003. Although he did exceptionally well and surpassed Tiger Wood’s record of six consecutive victories, his inability to win all majors lead to him being addressed as the “world’s best golfer who didn’t win a major”. The first three major wins of his career came between the years of 2004 and 2006, when he won 2004 Masters, 2005 PGA Championship and 2006 Masters Tournament. These wins radiated him in the second position in Official World Global Ranking.
In 2007, he went up to win the Deutsche Bank Championship. In 2008, he went ahead to win the Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial. In the same year, he was placed in the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. In 2009, he won his first World Championship and WGC-CA Championship. He won the Tour Championship for a second time in his entire career of golf. He had his third master’s win in 2010. He won the Shell Houston Open in 2011 and mastered the Ryder Cup besides many other close wins. Through ups and down, it was only in 2013 when he had his next big win at the Open Championship and right now, he is at rest recovering from the recent surgeries in 2017.
In his entire career since 1992, he has had 51 wins. 42 of the 51 wins have been won on the PGA Tour, until 2013. He has acquired three masters’ titles, a PGA Championship and an Open Championship in the course of his PGA Tour. He has had two major World Championships. He has been in the top ten in the Official World Golf Ranking for 700 weeks besides being induced into the Hall of Fame in 2012. He won the Haskins Award thrice.
In 1996, he married his wife Amy and has two daughters Amanda and Sophia and a son named Evan with her.