Phil Mickelson is one of America’s top golfers who continue to captivate fans by his stunning achievements and unique style of play. His career which has spanned over two decades has seen Phil Mickelson emerge as one of golf’s top stars. The pro golfer since 1992, has won five majors and over 40 events on the PGA tour in his career which is just three years shy of three decades. He is listed as one of the Forbes top-10 highest-paid athletes of the decade. We review the rise of this amazing golfer to the top spot in golf in our Phil Mickelson Biography Facts, Childhood, Net Worth and Personal Life.
Phil Mickelson Biography Facts, Age, Nickname, Education, Family, Wife
- Full Name: Philip Alfred Mickelson
- Nickname: Lefty
- Date of Birth: June 16, 1970
- Age: 49 years
- Zodiac Sign: Gemini
- Place of Birth: San Diego, California
- Nationality: American
- Height: 6 ft 3 in
- Weight: 91 kg (200 lbs)
- Education: Cathedral Catholic High School, University of San Diego High School, Arizona State University
- Father: Phil Mickelson Sr.
- Mother: Mary Mickelson
- Siblings: Tim Mickelson (brother), Tina Mickelson (sister)
- Spouse: Amy Mickelson (married 1996)
- Children: Evan Samuel Mickelson (son), Amanda Brynn Mickelson (daughter), Sophia Isabel Mickelson (daughter)
- Net Worth: $375 million
- Occupation: Golfer
- Division: PGA Tour
- Playing Career: 1992–date
- Official Website: philmickelson.com
Phil Mickelson Childhood Story and Early Life
Phil Mickelson is one of three children born to Phil Mickelson Sr., who worked as a naval aviator, before becoming an airline pilot and Mary Mickelson, in San Diego. Phil who was born in California grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona.
As a young boy, Phil has always been interested in golf. His parents recall that young Phil would leave home for the nearest golf course. Phil who is right-handed, played golf with his left-hand because he copied (mirrored) his father who played with his right hand. Even before he began school, Phil had already begun playing golf. His father’s occupation provided him enough time to play golf with him. Phil continued playing golf throughout his high school days.
Phil Mickelson Amateur Career Profile
After graduation from high school, Phil Mickelson attended Arizona State University on a golf scholarship. In college, Mickelson had a really good outing. In his sophomore year, he led his Arizona Sun Devil’s to win the NCAA title. That year he also won the NCAA individual title and went on to claim the title in his last two years in college. He also won the U.S. Amateur golf title, in his sophomore year.
For his NCAA individual title wins, Mickelson was awarded the Haskins Award given to the best college golfer in the country. Throughout his time in college, Mickelson was always an All-American honoree. In his third year in college, Mickelson won the Northern Telecom Open, his first PGA Tour event. He ended his college career with 16 tournament wins.
Phil Mickelson Professional Career Profile
In 1992, Mickelson turned Pro after graduation from college. In his first 11 years in his professional golf career, Mickelson performed well winning several PGA events, such as his 1996 World Series of Golf and Byron Nelson Golf Classic wins, his 1998 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, his 2000 Colonial National Invitation and Buick Invitational, and his 2001 and 2002 Greater Hartford Open. Despite this, Mickelson failed to win a major.
His first major win came in 2004 when he won the Masters. After a dismal performance in the Ryder Cup, Mickelson won his second major in 2005, the PGA Championship. His 2006 Masters win, catapulted him to the 2nd spot in the Official Golf rankings. In the 2006 US Open, pundits were optimistic that Mickelson will claim a third successive major win, but it turned out to be a rude shock to everyone as he didn’t win.
In 2007, Mickelson changed his swing coach to Butch Harmon, Tiger Woods ex-coach. He then went on to win the Players Championship and the Deutsche Bank Championship. After retiring from the third FedExCup playoff event of 2007, he proceeded to claim the 2008 Crowne Plaza Invitational. For his performance, Mickelson was honoured with induction into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. In 2009, Mickelson won his first golf event of the year, the Northern Trust Open. He followed his win with the World Golf Championship.
Following news that his wife has breast cancer, Mickelson announced that he’ll suspend his PGA tour indefinitely. On May 31, he, however, announced his return to action after it was clear that his wife cancer detection was early. In July, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and he had to suspend his PGA tour. In August, he was back in action. Following his return, he won the Tour Championship and also the WGC-HSBC Champions. In April 2010, Mickelson secured his third Masters. As the PGA Championship was around the corner, he was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and had to switch to a vegetarian diet.
After winning the Shell Houston Open in 2011, Mickelson won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, his 40th PGA win in 2012. In 2013, he secured his fifth major title, the British Open. Throughout 2013 to 2015, he struggled in his performance, which led him to change swing coach again. This time he hired Andrew Getson. In 2018, he won his first title sine 2013, the WGC-Mexico Championship. In November 2018, he defeated Tiger Woods to claim the Capital One’s The Match, a Pay-per-view boxers event which guaranteed a $9,000,000 payment to the winner. He began 2019, by winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Phil Mickelson Net Worth, Endorsement and Sponsorship
Phil Mickelson’s net worth is valued at $375 million. He is the 2nd top paid golfer in the world with annual income valued at $48.4 million. Throughout his career, he has earned $91 million from tournament wins. Mickelson has sponsorship and endorsement deals with brands such as Rolex, Callaway Golf, Amgen and Intrepid Financial Partners which generates about $36 million annually. Forbes ranked Mickelson as the 19th highest-paid athlete in the world in 2019.
Phil Mickelson Personal Life and Trivia
Phil Mickelson is married to Amy Mickelson. The couple who got married in 1996 has three children–Evan Samuel Mickelson born on 23 March 2003, Sophia Isabel Mickelson born on 23 October 2001 and Amanda Brynn Mickelson born on 21 June 1999.
In 2010, his wife Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer which was detected early and thus, was operated on. His mother also was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Mickelson has been on the wrong side of the law on a few occasions. In 2014 and 2016, he was involved in an Insider trading case with the FBI which was settled.
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