Phil Mickelson is a very well known American Golfer who has more than 44 PGA titles under his belt. His major breakthrough was in 2004 when he secured his first Masters’ win, paving the road to more major title wins.
Did you also know he is really into sports betting? It’s true, Phil Mickelson likes to gamble. And why wouldn’t he? It’s a fun hobby that many people are into, not just people who aren’t famous.
Today we’ll chronicle is amazing career and share more light on why he’s such a popular player on the PGA Tour.
Who is Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson was born in San Diego, California, in 1970. The golfer showed immense interest and talent in the game when he was still a toddler. His career began when he was in Arizona State by winning three NCAA individual championships. And just at age 22, Mickelson had already become a pro.
Despite being an excellent player in the game, Mickelson was unable to secure a major victory until 2004 Masters. From there on, Mickelson ‘Lefty’ claimed four more major titles in the following decade.
Mickelson had an intense love for the game of golf. So much that his parents, Phil and Mary often tell the story of a three-year-old Phil frequently running from home to a golf course. He began his amateur golfing career when he was still a teen.
His amateur career was also nothing short of amazing. The golfer was able to win 34 San Deigo Junior Golf Association titles. His family recalls that he used to score tickets to his tournaments through his father’s job as a pilot of a private airline.
In order to help him keep playing golf, Phil’s mother took on a second job to help pay for his American Junior Golf Association play. This helped him win three AJGA Rolex Player of the Year awards three times in a row. At the same time, he secured a full scholarship to Arizona State University.
Wife and Children
Phill married Amy McBride in 1996. She was a fellow ASU alum and a known cheerleader for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. The couple had three children together – Sophia, Amanda, and Evan. In 2009, Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was able to recover from treatment and cheered for her husband in person during the 2010 Masters.
Professional Golf Career and First Major Victory
Mickelson’s first-ever major title as a pro came in 1993 when he was at Torrey Pines. Over the following decade, he kept winning major titles and became a very well known personality in golf. One of his most memorable wins was the World Series of Golf and Byron Nelson Golf Classic in 1996.
Later on, he also won the famous AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 1998 and the Colonial National Invitation in the year 2000. In the same year, he claimed the Buick Invitational beating none other than the fan-favorite Tiger Woods. His win ended the living legend’s winning streak of consecutive big tournament victories.
Even though he was well known for his elite-level skills, Mickelson was unable to win golf’s biggest titles. Soon he became known as the ‘best player never to win a major’ title. His big moment in his career finally came in 2004 Masters when he was 33. From there on, Mickelson won several other major titles.
In 2005, Mickelson returned to the spotlight when he claimed victory at the 2005 PGA Championship. The following year, he won his second Masters, and in 2007, Forbes estimated that the earnings of the player had already reached $42 million which made him the highest-paid players of all time in Golf.
His winnings didn’t stop there. Mickelson kept adding trophy by trophy into his collection. He won the 2007 Players Championship followed by a victory at the 2009 Tour Championship. In 2010 Masters, he added the title to his name for the third time. And just two years later from that historic victory, his name was added to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Downfall in Career
In 2013, Mickelson was unable to win the U.S Open. In the same year, he was only able to win a single tournament, the British Open. In 2014, Mickelson was unable to win a single tournament and the following year, he became a runnerup at the 2015 Masters. This was the 10th time he had secured the second position in a major Golf title.
This dry spell led him to change his swing coach in late 2015. This proved to be a positive move because he managed to finish in second place at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and third place at the British Open in 2016. Later on, his momentum was slowed down, even more, when he had to go under surgery for sports hernia twice in the same year.
His career dry spell finally ended two years later when he defeated Justin Thomas in a playoff to win the WGC-Mexico Championship.
For more up to date information on Phil, check out his website, https://www.Phil-Mickelson.com.
Rivalry With Tiger Woods
Later on in his career, it was announced that Mickelson would go head to head against his longtime rival, Tiger Woods. They would both square off in a special televised, one-on-one match in Las Vegas. The winner would get $9 million in award money. Both of them displayed one of the most entertaining and tense games of Golf that day. Mickelson ultimately bested Tiger Woods and claimed the big prize.
Phil Mickelson in 2019
Mickelson started strong in 2019 by winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and defeating Paul Casey with three strokes. This was his 44th career title on the PGA Tour and his fifth Pebble Beach Win. He has now become the oldest winner of the event at age 44.
More recently, Phil Mickelson displayed a very disappointing game at the British Open. The five-time major winner was at a loss to explain his poor performance. He admitted that he was going through a poor patch which began in March. His fans and the followers of the game believed he would have an amazing year after he had secured a victory at Pebble Beach. But both fans and the player was surprised at the poor performance.