|Full Name||Philip Alfred Mickelson|
|Profession (s)||Golf Player|
|Date of Birth||June 16, 1970|
|Day of Birth||Tuesday|
|Place Of Birth||San Diego, California|
|Phil Mickelson’s Income / Salary:|
|Total worth in 2018||$41.3 million|
Lesser known facts about Phil Mickelson
- Phil Mickelson was born in San Diego, California, on 16 June 1970 and showed interest for golf even as a toddler. His parents, Phil and Mary, have recollected that young Phil would run away from home at the age of three and tell the neighbours that he was going to the golf course.
- His first tryst with golf that led him to win was at Arizona State when he won three NCAA individual championships. He turned pro at age 22.
- Phil Mickelson began his golfing career as a teen. He used his father job’s like an airline pilot to secure tickets to his several tournaments and went on to win 34 San Diego Junior Golf Association titles.
- His mother had to take a second job so that he could pay for his American Junior Golf Association play after which he won three consecutive AJGA Rolex Player of the Year awards and a full scholarship to Arizona State University.
- He was long for his inability to grab a major win despite the fact that he possessed immense elite skills. He finally threw off these talks with a dramatic victory at the 2004 Masters after which he further went on to claim four more major championships in the following decade.
- In 1988, Phil Mickelson graduated from the University of San Diego High School. He went to Arizona State University to study psychology. During this time at Arizona State, Mickelson’s national amateur golfing ranks scaled up to the top.
- He won three NCAA individual championships and three Haskins Awards for the outstanding collegiate golfer. He was only the second collegiate golfer to earn first-team All-American honors all four years.
- In 1990, when he was still in his junior college, he became the first left-hander to win the U.S. Amateur title.
- 1990 was a crucial year for Mickelson as he won his first PGA Tour tournament as an amateur, becoming the fourth golfer in PGA history to accomplish this feat.
- Then in 1991, Mickelson earned his bachelor’s degree from ASU after his win in Tucson.
- In 1992, on the eve of his 22nd birthday, he turned professional.
Mickelson’s First Masters Win
- Mickelson won his first title as a pro came in 1993 at Torrey Pines. Over the following decade, he carved a niche for himself and secured a place among the best in the sport.
- He won the Byron Nelson Golf Classic and the World Series of Golf in 1996; the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 1998; and the Colonial National Invitation in 2000.
- In the same year, he also claimed the Buick Invitational after defeating Tiger Woods and ending the golf icon’s streak of consecutive tournament victories.
- The biggest feat happened for him in 2004 Masters, when the 33-year-old birdied five of the final seven holes, including No. 18, and pulled out a one-stroke win over Ernie Els.
Marriage and Children
- In 1996 Mickelson married Amy McBride who was a fellow ASU alum and a cheerleader for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns.
- They had three children: Amanda, Sophia, and Evan.
- Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 but recovered enough from treatments to accompany Mickelson’s 2010 Masters win in person.
Other Major Titles
- Phil Mickelson bagged the 2005 PGA Championship as well as the second Master’s win in 2006.
- In 2007, Forbes calculated his earnings for the year at $42 million calling out Mickelson as one of golf’s highest-paid players.
- He kept adding wins to his kitty with victories at the 2007 Players Championship and the 2009 Tour Championship.
- In 2012 he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
- Mickelson was on the verge of another major win when he sputtered toward the end of the 2013 U.S. Open at which he was the sixth runner-up finish in the event.
- Mickelson did not win anything in 2014 and was placed second at the 2015 Masters, the 10th time he had done so in a major competition.
- He started working with a new swing coach late in 2015 and showed positive results as he finished at second-place in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He got a third-place showing at the British Open in 2016.
- His momentum had scaled down after he had undergone surgery for a sports hernia late in the year 2016.
- His dry spell ended when he defeated Justin Thomas in a playoff to claim the WGC-Mexico Championship in March 2018.
Phil Mickelson Quotes
- “The object of golf is not just to win. It is to play like a gentleman, and win.”
- “A great shot is when you pull it off. A smart shot is when you don’t have the guts to try it.”
- “I would rather try a shot to win than play safe and finish second.”
- “The only way to win tournaments is with the short game. Over half your shots out there are within 30 or 40 yards. Ball striking is where I’m trying to improve, yes, but more to eliminate big numbers than make birdies.”
- “I think it’s more than whether or not you win or lose. It’s having that opportunity on that final round, final nine, to come down the stretch with a chance to win.”
- “The thing I was most proud of about today’s round was that on this course everybody is going to make mistakes, but sometimes it’s hard to forget about it and let it go. After I made a double on 1, I was able to be patient and let it go and came back with birdies on 3 and 5. When I bogeyed 6, I was able to let it go and come back with a birdie on 8. I was able to let go of some bad shots and forget about it and move on.”
- “I think a college education is important no matter what you do in life.”
- “Changing would not give me the best chance to win. I need to have fun. I need to attack.”
- “I have come to understand and appreciate writers much more recently since I started working on a book last fall. Before that, I thought golf writers got up every morning, played a round of golf, had lunch, showed up for our last three holes and then went to dinner.”
- “The winner of this tournament doesn’t just win a major. He becomes a part of the history of the game.”
- “My style of play won’t ever change, because I enjoy that aggressive style of golf. It allows me to play my best. When I attack pins, I stay more focused. I get more into the shot and, consequently, I get more out of the shot and out of my game by playing aggressive.”
- “I try to respect everybody out here: players, caddies, fans, media.”
- “It’ll be nice not to have to use my fake IDs anymore.”
- “My kids and I sometimes will just sit in my office and talk about what the world was like 68 million years ago. Amanda, our oldest daughter, wanted to be a palaeontologist for a long time.”
- “The more you study the course, the more you appreciate what a great test it is.”
- “I have not found my perspective on my career change. What I have found is that my life, in general, has been more fulfilling. To be able to influence an individual’s life and on who they become as a person is a very rewarding feeling.”
- “If you add up all the federal and you look at the disability and the unemployment and the Social Security and the state, my tax rate’s 62, 63 percent. So I’ve got to make some decisions on what I’m going to do.”
- “I hate to play a tournament in which I’m not contending. It’s just not any fun for me.”
- “My family has reduced the effect of my career on my self-esteem. When I’m with them, they make me feel special regardless of how I play.”
- “I remember when I first came out on tour, it was Greg Norman and Nick Price. We forget how big Norman was, what a presence he was. I remember one of my first tournaments, Greg threw an orange peel down on the ground and some fan ran over and grabbed it. ‘This is Greg Norman’s orange peel!’”
- “I don’t think my style of play is what has prevented me from winning major championships. I think that execution has been more of a factor.”
- “Well, you know, I don’t really want to trade next year. I certainly enjoyed having the jacket put on me rather than putting it on.”
- “What I like to do is to try to win as many tournaments and as many majors as I can, and with him [Tiger Woods] in the field, it just gives it more credibility, whatever it is I am able to accomplish.”
- “It should almost be a prerequisite to play Castle Stuart before you’re allowed to design golf courses nowadays.”
- “Where you can make up ground is if the wind blows and your opponents make big numbers. I think you can shoot three, four, five-under par. But to make up a six, seven or eight-shot lead, that will be tough without the leaders coming back.”
PGA Tour Victories (45)
- 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 (4)
- 1993 Tournoi Perrier de Paris [EurChall]
- 2007 HSBC Champions [Eur]
- 2009 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions [Eur]
- 2013 Scottish Open
Additional Victories (3)
- 2001 Tylenol Par-3 Shootout at Treetops Resort
- 2004 Telus Skins Game
- 2004 PGA Grand Slam of Golf
- 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