With 45 PGA Tour wins, including three Masters, Phil Mickelson is one of the most recognizable names in golf. In 2021, at the age of 50, he became the oldest PGA Championship victor ever.
Mickelson’s career as one of the most popular golfers in the last three decades is the subject of an upcoming biography by journalist and novelist Alan Shipnuck.
Additionally, Shipnuck provides information on the golfer’s reported ties to a Saudi Arabia-backed league that intends to compete with the PGA Tour.
Shipnuck interviewed Mickelson in February 2022, and an excerpt of his biography by The Firepit Collective on 5 May indicates that the 51-year-gambling old’s losses were $40 million.
He was born on June 16th, 1970 in San Diego, California as Philip Alfred Mickelson. In addition to being a former navy aviator, Philip Mickelson’s father was a commercial airline pilot.
A native of San Diego, Arizona, Mickelson grew up in the area. His father taught him how to play golf, and he followed in his footsteps. He has a left-handed swing, despite being right-handed in everyday life.
In 1988, he received his high school diploma from the University of San Diego High School.
A full golf scholarship to Arizona State University allowed Mickelson to compete at the university level right away, and he was an immediate success.
Three NCAA individual championships, and three Haskins Awards for being named the Outstanding College Golfer of the Year in the 1990s, 1991s, and 1992s, were all his.
He was the second collegiate golfer in history to receive first-team All-American honors four years in a row while winning 16 events. In June 1992, he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan.
Michael Mickelson has been a hugely successful businessman as well as a world-class golfer. While still an amateur, he won the Northern Telecom Open, his first PGA Tour tournament, in 1991.
To avoid the PGA Tour’s qualification process, he won the Tucson Open in 1991 and immediately turned professional after graduating from college.
He has 17 top-ten finishes and six second- or third-place results between 1999 and 2003, but he never took home a major championship trophy. He won his first major title in 2004, when he was just 13 years old, on the PGA circuit.
When Mickelson had his second hernia surgery in 2016, he recovered quickly and went on to finish T-21 in the CareerBuilder Challenge. He earned his 44th PGA Tour title in 2019 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
He was also the oldest winner of the tournament, at 48 years of age. His decision to play in the Saudi International Golf Tournament in December of 2019 marked his first absence from the Waste Management Phoenix Open since 1989.
He finished third at the Saudi Arabian competition in February 2020. Over the course of his career, he has triumphed in over 40 PGA events, including four Majors: the 2004 Masters, the 2005 PGA Championship, the 2006 Masters, and the 2010 Masters. He is now one of the world’s best and most well-known professional golfers.
Phil Mickelson Quotes:
- “The object of golf is not just to win. It is to play like a gentleman, and win.” – Phil Mickelson
- “I don’t think my style of play is what has prevented me from winning major championships. I think that execution has been more of a factor.” – Phil Mickelson
- “You cannot play fearful. Playing golf with fear is a recipe for failure.” – Phil Mickelson
- “I hate to play a tournament in which I’m not contending. It’s just not any fun for me.” – Phil Mickelson
- “You have to have and make your own swing and have to just own it and take control of that and understand it, and understand the misses and how to play from there. My swing is going long it’s going to be a little bit loose, it’s going to be free-flowing, and it’s going to require a lot of hand action a lot of touches and feel.
So, I am not going to change that, that’s my swing it’s been my swing my whole life. Just like others should not change their swing. I am just going to refine it and make it sharper and sharper.” – Phil Mickelson
- “Visualizing and mental preparation is every bit as effective as physical preparation.” – Phil Mickelson
“Visualizing and mental preparation is every bit as effective as physical preparation.” – Phil Mickelson
- “I won’t accept it, so, I am either going to get in the field on my own, or I’ll have to try to qualify. I’m not going to take a special exemption.” – Phil Mickelson
- “I’m going to continue to make it a lifestyle change, I’m going to continue to eat better, eat less, work out more, just stay committed to it.” – Phil Mickelson
- “The belief that I could still do it inspired me to work harder.” – Phil Mickelson
- “I would rather try a shot to win than play safe and finish second.” – Phil Mickelson