Phil Mickelson, born on June 16, 1970, is a professional golfer. He has won six major championships which include three Masters titles in 2004, 2006, and 2010, two PGA Championships in 2005 and 2021, and one Open Championship in 2013, with a total win of 45 events on the PGA Tour. At 50, post his 2021 PGA Championship win, he has become the oldest major championship winner in history. He is also one of 17 players in the history of golf to win three of the four major championships. A life member of the PGA Tour and with 57 professional wins, he reached a career-high world ranking of number two several times. Join us today as we celebrate his birthday right here.
Philip Alfred Mickelson was born on June 16, 1970, in San Diego, California, to parents Philip Mickelson, an airline pilot and former naval aviator, and Mary Santos. Raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Mickelson has Portuguese, Swedish, and Sicilian ancestry. Alfred Santos, his maternal grandfather, was a caddie at Pebble Beach Golf Links and took Mickelson to play golf as a kid. Although right-handed, Mickelson played golf left-handed, watching his right-handed father swing, mirroring his style. On a golf scholarship, he attended Arizona State University in Tempe and became the face of amateur golf in the United States. Soon after, he won three N.C.A.A. individual championships and three Haskins Awards in 1990, 1991, and 1992 as the outstanding collegiate golfer. He became the first left-handed swingman to win the U.S Amateur title.
As soon as he graduated, he quickly turned professional and even bypassed the qualifying process of the tour because of his 1991 win in Tucson, which earned him a two-year exemption. In 1992, he won several PGA Tour tournaments during this period that included the World Series of Golf (1996), Byron Nelson Golf Classic, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (1998), the Colonial National Invitation (2000), and the Greater Hartford Open (2001,2002).
Ranked second on the PGA Tour’s list of tournament prize money won, Mickelson earns much more from endorsements than he does from prize money. According to 2011 earning estimates, Mickelson was the second-highest paid athlete in the United States and earned an income of over $62 million, of which $53 million came from endorsements. “Forbes” estimated Mickelson’s annual income to be $51 million in 2015.
Mickelson has endorsed major companies like ExxonMobil, Rolex, and Mizzen+Main. He has been sponsored by KPMG, Titleist, Workday, Barclays, Bearing Point, Amstel Light, and Ford in the past. Mickelson’s playing style has been described as “aggressive” and highly social by many. But his excellent short game draws the most positive reviews. Mickelson married Amy McBride in 1996 they have three children together.
Mickelson wins his first Haskins Award for ‘Outstanding Collegiate Golfer.’
The golfer appears as himself in a non-speaking role in the film “Tin Cup” starring Kevin Costner.
While in his 13th year on the PGA Tour, Mickelson wins his first major Masters championship with an 18-foot birdie putt in the final hole.
On July 21, Mickelson wins his fifth major title at the Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Links in Scotland.
Why We Love Phil Mickelson
He co-founded the Mickelson Foundation
In 2004, Mickelson and his wife Amy founded the Mickelson Foundation. Although the main focus is on family initiatives, due to their strong family beliefs, the Mickelson Foundation also helps raise funds for military charities.
His acts of kindness
At the 2006 Ford Championship at Doral, during the third round, Mickelson’s wayward tee shot at the par-5 10th broke a spectator’s watch so he gave him $200. In another instance, after hearing Conrad Dobler, a retired N.F.L. player’s story about their struggles to pay medical bills, the golfer volunteered to pay tuition for Dobler's daughter, Holli Dobler, to attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
His endorsement has helped others
In 2010, after being diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, Mickelson was treated with the drug ‘Enbrel.’ Soon, he began endorsing it to help others.
5 Surprising Facts
An avid pilot
Following in the footsteps of his father, an airline pilot and former naval aviator, Mickelson is also an avid pilot.
His brother is his caddie
For 25 years, Mickelson’s caddie was Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay but after parting ways with him, he employed his brother, Tim Mickelson.
His PGA tour earnings
On the PGA Tour’s all-time money list, Mickelson is second with $89 million and Tiger Woods is first by a considerable margin.
His Amstel Light ad appearances
The golfer has appeared in a few funny Amstel Light ads about making toasts, giving advice e.t.c.
U.S Amateur and NCAA Championship
Mickelson is one of five players in the world to have won the N.C.A.A. Championship title and the U.S. Amateur title in the same season.
Phil Mickelson FAQs
Why is Phil Mickelson suspended?
Mickelson had been suspended from the PGA tour for admitting he helped a rival tour gain traction and for his “obnoxiously greedy” comments.
Is Phil Mickelson playing in the Masters?
Mickelson will not be participating in the Masters, for the first time in 28 years. He has decided not to play at Augusta National this year.
Is Phil Mickelson a billionaire?
No, while he has accumulated substantial wealth, he is not a millionaire.
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