125 Facts About Phil Mickelson


Philip Alfred Mickelson was born on June 16,1970, and nicknamed Lefty, is an American professional golfer who plays for LIV Golf.

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Phil Mickelson has won 45 events on the PGA Tour, including six major championships: three Masters titles, two PGA Championships, and one Open Championship.

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Phil Mickelson is one of 17 players in the history of golf to win at least three of the four majors.

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Phil Mickelson has won every major except the US Open, in which he has finished runner-up a record six times.

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In 2022, Phil Mickelson became the only golfer who has won 3 of the 4 majors to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour, leaving his longtime PGA Tour membership of 30 years.

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Phil Mickelson has spent more than 25 consecutive years in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

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Phil Mickelson has spent over 700 weeks in the top 10, has reached a career-high world ranking of No 2 several times and is a life member of the PGA Tour.

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Phil Mickelson was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.

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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.

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Phil Mickelson's maternal grandfather, Alfred Santos was a caddie at Pebble Beach Golf Links and took Phil to play golf as a child.

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Phil Mickelson began golf under his father's instruction before starting school.

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Phil Mickelson graduated from the University of San Diego High School in 1988.

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Phil Mickelson attended Arizona State University in Tempe on a golf scholarship and became the face of amateur golf in the United States, capturing three NCAA individual championships and three Haskins Awards as the outstanding collegiate golfer.

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Phil Mickelson was the second collegiate golfer to earn first-team All-American honors all four years.

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Phil Mickelson secured perhaps his greatest achievement as an amateur in January 1991, winning his first PGA Tour event, the Northern Telecom Open, in Tucson, making him one of the few golfers to win a PGA Tour event as an amateur in the history of the PGA Tour.

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Phil Mickelson graduated from ASU in June 1992 and quickly turned professional.

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Phil Mickelson bypassed the tour's qualifying process because of his 1991 win in Tucson, which earned him a two-year exemption.

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Phil Mickelson appeared as himself in a non-speaking role in the 1996 film Tin Cup, starring Kevin Costner.

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Phil Mickelson was then let out of his multi-year deal with Titleist 16 months early and signed on with Callaway Golf.

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Phil Mickelson endured a great deal of ridicule and scrutiny from the press and fellow Ryder Cup members for his equipment change so close to the Ryder Cup matches.

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Phil Mickelson faltered at the 2004 Ryder Cup with a record but refused to blame the sudden change in equipment or his practice methods for his performance.

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In November 2004, Phil Mickelson tallied his career-low for an 18-hole round: a 59 at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Poipu Bay Golf Course in Hawaii.

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Phil Mickelson captured his third major title the following spring at the Masters.

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Phil Mickelson won his second green jacket after shooting a 3-under-par final round, winning by two strokes over runner-up Tim Clark.

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Phil Mickelson was the joint leader going into the final round, but he was part of a wild finish to the tournament, in which he made major mistakes on the final hole and ended up in a tie for second place at +6, one shot behind Geoff Ogilvy.

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Phil Mickelson had a one-shot lead and was in the last group going into the final hole.

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Phil Mickelson decided to go for the green with his second shot, rather than play it safe and pitch out into the fairway.

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Phil Mickelson was unable to get up and down from there, resulting in a double bogey and costing him a chance of winning the championship outright or getting into an 18-hole playoff with Ogilvy.

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In 2007 after hearing the story of retired NFL player, Conrad Dobler, and his family on ESPN explaining their struggles to pay medical bills, Phil Mickelson volunteered to pay tuition for Holli Dobler, Conrad Dobler's daughter, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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Frustrated with his driving accuracy, Phil Mickelson made the decision in April 2007 to leave longtime swing coach, Rick Smith.

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Phil Mickelson then began working with Butch Harmon, a former coach of Tiger Woods and Greg Norman.

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Phil Mickelson had been hampered by a wrist injury that was incurred while practicing in the thick rough at Oakmont a few weeks before the tournament.

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On September 3,2007, Phil Mickelson won the Deutsche Bank Championship, which is the second FedEx Cup playoff event.

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The next day Phil Mickelson announced that he would not be competing in the third FedEx Cup playoff event.

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The day before his withdrawal, Phil Mickelson said during a television interview that PGA Tour Commissioner, Tim Finchem, had not responded to advice he had given him on undisclosed issues.

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In 2008, Phil Mickelson won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial with a -14, one shot ahead of Tim Clark and Rod Pampling.

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Phil Mickelson shot a first-round 65 to start off the tournament at -5.

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Phil Mickelson ended the day tied with Brett Wetterich, two shots behind leader, Johnson Wagner.

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Phil Mickelson shot a second-round 68, and the third round 65, overall, being -12 for the first three rounds.

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Phil Mickelson's regimen consisted of increasing flexibility and power, eating five smaller meals a day, aerobic training, and carrying his own golf bag.

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Phil Mickelson was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Phil Mickelson won his first 2009 tour event when he defended his title at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera, one stroke ahead of Steve Stricker.

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Phil Mickelson would begin treatment with major surgery as early as the following two weeks.

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Phil Mickelson shot a final round 70 at the 2009 US Open and recorded his fifth runner-up finish at the US Open.

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Phil Mickelson shared the lead after an eagle at the 13th hole, but fell back with bogeys on 15 and 17; Lucas Glover captured the championship.

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Phil Mickelson entered the final round four strokes off the lead, but shot a final round 65 to win the event by three strokes over Tiger Woods.

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In 2010, Phil Mickelson won the Masters Tournament on April 11 with a 16-under-par performance, giving him a three-stroke win over Lee Westwood.

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Critical to Phil Mickelson's win was a dramatic run in the third round on Saturday in which Phil Mickelson, trailing leader Westwood by five strokes as he prepared his approach shot to the 13th green, proceeded to make eagle, then to hole-out for eagle from 141 yards at the next hole, the par-4 14th, then on the next, the par-5 15th, to miss eagle from 81 yards by mere inches.

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For good measure, Phil Mickelson birdied the final hole and memorably greeted his waiting wife, Amy, with a prolonged hug and kiss.

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Phil Mickelson's win left him second only to Woods in major championships among his competitive contemporaries, moving him ahead of Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, and Padraig Harrington, with three major championships each.

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However, a string of disappointing finishes by Phil Mickelson saw the number one spot eventually go to Englishman Lee Westwood.

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Phil Mickelson added that he had started medical treatment and had become a vegetarian in hopes of aiding his recovery.

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Phil Mickelson maintained that both his short- and long-term prognosis were good, that the condition should have no long-term effect on his golfing career, and that he felt well.

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Phil Mickelson went on to finish the championship T12, five shots behind winner Martin Kaymer.

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Phil Mickelson started his 2011 season at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course.

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Phil Mickelson shot and was tied for the 54 hole lead with Bill Haas.

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Phil Mickelson needed to hole out on the 18th hole for eagle from 74 yards to force a playoff with Bubba Watson.

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Phil Mickelson rose to No 3 in the world ranking, while Tiger Woods fell to No 7.

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Phil Mickelson had not been ranked above Woods since the week prior to the 1997 Masters Tournament.

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At The Open Championship, Phil Mickelson recorded just his second top-ten finish in 18 tournaments by tying for second with Dustin Johnson.

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Phil Mickelson made his 2012 debut at the Humana Challenge and finished tied for 49th.

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Phil Mickelson missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open after shooting rounds of 77 and 68.

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The following week at Riviera Country Club, Phil Mickelson lost the Northern Trust Open in a three-way playoff.

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Phil Mickelson had held the lead or a share of it from day one until the back nine on Sunday when Bill Haas posted the clubhouse lead at seven under par.

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Phil Mickelson holed a 27-foot birdie putt on the final regulation hole to force a playoff alongside Haas and Keegan Bradley.

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Phil Mickelson had a poor start to his fourth round, scoring a triple-bogey when he hit his ball far to the left of the green on the par-3 4th hole, hitting the stand and landing in a bamboo plant.

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Phil Mickelson made a charge during the final round at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, but bogeyed the 17th and 18th, finishing T-7th.

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Phil Mickelson then withdrew from the Memorial Tournament, citing mental fatigue, after a first-round 79.

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Phil Mickelson was paired with Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson at the US Open.

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Phil Mickelson tied with Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson, and five other players.

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At the BMW Championship, Phil Mickelson posted a -16 for the first three rounds, one of those rounds being a -8,64.

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Phil Mickelson began the 2013 season in January by playing in the Humana Challenge, where he finished T37 at -17.

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Phil Mickelson endured a disappointing tournament, finishing T51, shooting all four rounds in the 70s.

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Phil Mickelson made seven birdies in his first nine holes and needed a birdie on the 18th hole to equal the PGA Tour record of 59.

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Phil Mickelson led the tournament wire-to-wire and completed a four-shot win over Brandt Snedeker for his 41st PGA Tour victory and 3rd Phoenix Open title.

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Phil Mickelson moved back inside the world's top 10 after falling down as far as number 22.

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At the US Open at Merion, Phil Mickelson entered the final round leading by one stroke after rounds of over the first three days, but he started the final round by three-putting the 3rd and 5th holes for double-bogeys to fall out of the lead.

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Phil Mickelson regained the lead at the par-4 10th when he holed his second shot from the rough for an eagle.

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Phil Mickelson ended up finishing tied for second with Jason Day, two strokes behind Justin Rose.

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Phil Mickelson birdied four of the last six holes in a brilliant final round of 66 to win the title by three strokes.

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Phil Mickelson shed tears on the 18th green after completing his round.

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Phil Mickelson missed the cut at the Masters for the first time since 1997.

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Phil Mickelson failed to contend at the US Open at Pinehurst in his first bid to complete the career grand slam.

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At the Masters, Phil Mickelson shot rounds of to finish tied for second with Justin Rose, four shots behind champion Jordan Spieth.

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At The Open Championship, Phil Mickelson shot rounds of and was eight shots behind, outside the top forty.

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Later in the year, it was announced that Phil Mickelson would leave longtime swing coach Butch Harmon, feeling as though he needed to hear a new perspective on things.

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Under Getson's guidance, Phil Mickelson made his 2016 debut at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

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Phil Mickelson shot rounds of to finish in a tie for third place at 21-under-par.

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Phil Mickelson entered the final round with a two-stroke lead, his first 54-hole lead since the 2013 US Open and was seeking to end a winless drought dating back 52 worldwide events to the 2013 Open Championship.

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Phil Mickelson shot a 63 in the opening round of The Open Championship at Royal Troon.

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Phil Mickelson followed this up with a 69 in the second round for a 10 under par total and a one-shot lead over Henrik Stenson going into the weekend.

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Phil Mickelson finished 11 strokes clear of 3rd place, a major championship record for a runner-up.

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Phil Mickelson played his first nine holes in 4-under 32 and sending his name to the top of the leaderboard.

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Phil Mickelson stumbled with a final round 71, still earning a T-16 finish, for his sixth straight top-25 finish on tour.

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Phil Mickelson came close to winning again at the FedEx St Jude Classic where he had finished in second place the previous year to Daniel Berger.

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Phil Mickelson started the final round four strokes behind leaders but he quickly played himself into contention.

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Phil Mickelson's tee shot carried out of bounds and his fourth shot hit the water, so he had to make a long putt to salvage triple-bogey.

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Phil Mickelson managed to get one shot back, but he finished three shots behind winner Berger, in ninth place, for the second straight year.

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Phil Mickelson then missed the cut at both The Open Championship and the PGA Championship.

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On March 4,2018, Phil Mickelson ended a winless drought that dated back to 2013, by capturing his third WGC championship at the WGC-Mexico Championship, with a final-round score of 66 and a total score of -16.

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Phil Mickelson birdied two of his last four holes and had a lengthy putt to win outright on the 72nd hole, but tied with Justin Thomas.

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Phil Mickelson defeated Thomas on the first extra hole of a sudden-death playoff with a par.

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Phil Mickelson was a captain's pick for Team USA at the 2018 Ryder Cup, held in Paris between September 28 and 30.

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Phil Mickelson needed four extra holes to beat Woods, which he did by holing a four-foot putt after Woods missed a seven-foot putt on the 22nd hole.

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In December 2019, Phil Mickelson announced via Twitter that "after turning down opportunities to go to the Middle East for many years" he would play in the 2020 Saudi International tournament on the European Tour and would miss Waste Management Phoenix Open for the first time since 1989.

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Phil Mickelson went on to finish the February 2020 event tied for third.

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Phil Mickelson was the first player over 50 to finish in the top five of a World Golf Championship event.

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Phil Mickelson was ultimately eliminated from the FedEx Cup Playoffs following The Northern Trust at TPC Boston in August 2020.

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Phil Mickelson won the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National in his first tournament after becoming eligible for PGA Tour Champions on his 50th birthday on June 16,2020.

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Phil Mickelson was the 20th player to win their debut tournament on tour.

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In October 2020, Phil Mickelson won the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Virginia.

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In February 2021, Phil Mickelson was attempting to become the first player in PGA Tour Champions history to win his first three tournaments on tour.

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In May 2021, Phil Mickelson held the 54-hole lead at the PGA Championship at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, leading Brooks Koepka by one shot with one day to play.

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Phil Mickelson shot a final-round 73 to capture the tournament, defeating Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen by two strokes, becoming the oldest major champion; at 50.

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Phil Mickelson eventually emerged from the crowd and two-putted for par, finishing the tournament at 6-under, besting the field by two strokes.

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In October 2021, Phil Mickelson won for the third time in four career starts on the PGA Tour Champions.

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In November 2021, Phil Mickelson won the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix, Arizona, with a final round six-under par 65.

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Phil Mickelson announced he would be stepping away from golf to spend time with his family and would miss the 2022 Masters Tournament.

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Major companies which Phil Mickelson currently endorses are ExxonMobil, Rolex, and Mizzen+Main.

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Phil Mickelson has been previously sponsored by Titleist, KPMG, Workday, Bearing Point, Barclays, Amstel Light and Ford.

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In 2022, Phil Mickelson lost a significant number of sponsors including KPMG, Amstel Light, and Workday after comments he made about the Saudi-backed golf league, LIV Golf.

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However, Phil Mickelson was still under investigation for trades in Dean Foods that produced nearly $1 million.

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On May 19,2016, Phil Mickelson was named as a relief defendant in a SEC complaint alleging insider trading but avoided criminal charges in a parallel case brought in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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At that time, it was noted that Phil Mickelson had "once owed nearly $2 million in gambling debts to" Walters.

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Phil Mickelson won as an amateur in 1991 and therefore did not receive any prize money.

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