In the history of golf, there have ever been only 16 players who have won at least three or four majors. Golfers in this category are described as living legends in the field and Phil Mickelson is one of such players who has written their names on the sands of time. Phil has won every major with the exception of the U.S open where he has finished six times as a runner-up. The Official World Golf Ranking had him in the top 10 for 700 uninterrupted weeks. Severally, he has reached no 2 in a career-high world ranking and he is a member of the PGA Tour for life.
Philip Alfred Mickelson popularly known as Phil Mickelson was born on the 16th day of June 1970 to father – Philip Mickelson, a former naval aviator and an airline pilot and mother – Mary Mickelson. Phil was brought up in Scottsdale, Arizona. His interest in golf was triggered as soon as he started walking, a 3-year-old Phil was seen regularly, running from home on his way to the golf course.
In his teens, he was already in the amateur golfing games. He recorded 34 wins in the San Diego Junior Golf Association titles where he had to use his father’s job as a pilot to score tickets to his various tournaments. Even his mum had to take up a second job to be able to assist him in paying for his American Junior Golf Association play, where he won the AJGA Rolex Player of the Year awards three consecutive times and also, he bagged a full scholarship to Arizona State University.
Phil started his golfing lessons at home under the tutelage of his father even before he started school. As a commercial pilot, Phil’s father worked shifts which gave him ample opportunity to tutor his son in golf many times in a week and on an extensive practice area in their San Diego backyard, young Phil sharpened his golfing skills. Even though he was right-handed, he got used to swinging with the left hand because he watches his father do the same thing. He eventually became the first left handed swinger to win the US Amateur title in 1990.
Phil graduated from San Diego High School in 1998 and later proceeded to the Arizona State University in Tempe through a scholarship which he won via the golf games and consequently, he became the face of amateur golf in the US and was able to capture three individual championships and also three Haskins Awards (1991 to 1993) as a distinguished collegiate golfer. The celebrity golfer has three individual NCAA championship to his credit, a record which he shares with another veteran golfer Ben Crenshaw. In 1990, Phil Mickelson led the Sun Devils to the NCAA title and won 16 tournaments through the course of his collegiate career.
Phil bagged the major championship for the first time in his thirteenth years on the PGA Tour in 2004, he grabbed the victory in the masters with an 18-foot (5.5) birdie putt on the final hole. His runner-up at a stroke back was Ernie Els. The two veterans played in different duos in the concluding round and traded eagles and birdies on back nine.
Phil Mickelson is ranked as the third golf player with a left-handed swing to win a major, a feat which he shares with Sir Bob Charles a New Zealander who bagged The Open Championship in 1993. Another left-handed swinger is the Canadian Mike Weir who won The Masters in the year 2003. The fact that Weir is right handed but can effectively swing with his left hand makes him more similar to Phil than the others. The fourth left-handed swinger is the renowned Bubba Watson who is a natural southpaw. Watson bagged the Masters championship in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
The Golfer’s Family, Wife, Daughter
The renowned golfer, Phil Mickelson, was born into the family of a former naval aviator and a commercial airline pilot Philip Mickelson Sr who tutored him in golfing in his early days and Mary Mickelson (nee Santos), his mother.
Phil and Amy McBride are married with three kid. Sophia, Evan and Amanda but unfortunately, Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.
The birth of his daughter was a significant event in the life of the golfer, according to Phil, he was ready to forfeit his playoff hole with Payne Stewart in order to witness the birth of his daughter. He also said that the U.S Open is a yearly occurrence, but the birth of his daughter is an experience to cherish forever. Phil completed the tournament with Stewart and was able to witness the birth of his daughter nine hours later.
Phil Mickelson’s House, Net worth
Information on Phil’s houses and mansions are still unknown but his net worth is estimated at $400 Million. Phil has made over $83 million as prizes from tournaments. His earnings for a single year is estimated at $60 million and he earns a salary of roughly $10 million.
How Tall Is Phil Mickelson? Height
Phil stands at an admirable height of 6 feet 3 inches or 1.91 meters. The legendary golfer also has other impressive body measurements and weighs 91 kg.