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Birthdate: June 16, 1970
Nationality: American
Turned Professional: 1992
Current Tour: PGA


Background:


Phil Mickelson is a lefty – and a righty. He swings a golf club with his left and writes with his right. A native of San Diego, Mickelson attended Arizona State University on a golf scholarship, graduating in 1992. He was the first ever left-hander to win the U.S. Amateur title. Throughout the ups and downs of his career, Mickelson has been known to exude grace after defeat, respect the game and remain polite, loyal and honorable to the fans and the traditions of the game. Some controversy exists over his behavior with fellow athletes, however, some claiming that his personality on the course, doesn’t match how he treats his colleagues behind the scenes.

Professional Career Bio:

While an Amateur, Mickelson won his first PGA Tour tournament in 1991. Over the next several years, his career continued to rise and he became known for his powerful swing and extraordinary short game, complete with his signature “Phil Flop”, a large, lofty swing with a wedge that allows the ball to fly into the air for a short distance. As he progressed, it seemed that he would never achieve the “Magic Major”. His 2004 career though otherwise – with a 20 foot final hole birdie, which he defeated Ernie Els. This lead to a win the next year with a win at the 2005 Baltusrol PGA Championship, followed closely by a third win at the 2006 Masters. At that time, he was ranked second in the world only to Tiger Woods.

Professional Wins:
· 1991 Northern Telecom Open (as an amateur)
· 1993 Buick Invitational of California, The International
· 1994 Mercedes Championships
· 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, 2001 Buick Invitational, Canon Greater Hartford Open, 2000 The Tour Championship
· 2002 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Canon Greater Hartford Open
· 2004 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic,
· 2005 FBR Open, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, BellSouth Classic,
· 2006 BellSouth Classic,
. 2006 The Masters
. 2007 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
. 2007 The Players Championship
. 2007 Deutsche Bank Championship
. 2008 Northern Trust Open
. 2008 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
. 2009, Northern Trust Open, WGC-CA Championship
. 2009 WGC-CA Championship
. 2009 The Tour Championship

Other wins


. 1993 Tournoi Perrier Paris (Challenge Tour)
. 1997 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Fred Couples and Tom Lehman)
. 2000 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Notah Begay III and Rocco Mediate)
. 2001 Tylenol Par-3 Shootout at Treetops Resort
. 2004 TELUS Skins Game, PGA Grand Slam of Golf
. 2007 HSBC Champions (co-sanctioned by European Tour, Asian Tour, Sunshine Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia)



Majors:

· 2004 Masters
· 2005 PGA Championship
· 2006 Masters

Awards: None

PGA Earnings $56,319,781
 

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# Phil Mickelson
# Height:6-3
# Weight:200
# Born:6/16/70
# Birth Place:San Diego, California
# College:Arizona State
# Turned Pro:1992
# Career Earnings:$51,416,462
 
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