Phil Mickelson is one of America’s most successful professional golfers. He has won every major tournament except the ‘US Open,’ where he has been the runner-up for a record six times. He is characterized by a powerful but inaccurate drive with an excellent short game that more than makes up for his shortcomings. He has a unique left-handed swing, though he is right-handed. He won a PGA Tour event as an amateur at the tender age of 20.
Although he is ranked at number two on the PGA Tour list, his earnings from endorsements are far more than his earnings from the game. He has endorsed brands such as ‘Rolex,’ ‘Callaway Golf,’ and ‘Ford’ among others. In 2007, his annual earnings were estimated to be $ 42 million, making him one of the highest-paid golfers in the world.
He was included in the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the ‘ESPY’ award for the best male golfer of 2004. He has represented the country in 11 Ryder Cup matches and 12 ‘Presidents Cups,’ which he considers to be a huge honour.
A different style of play
As a competitor, Mickelson’s playing style is described by many as aggressive and highly social. His strategy toward difficult shots would tend to be considered risky.
Mickelson has also been characterized by his powerful and sometimes inaccurate driver, but his excellent short game draws the most positive reviews, most of all his daring “Phil flop” shot in which a big swing with a high-lofted wedge against a tight lie flies a ball high into the air for a short distance.
In his prime, Mickelson was usually in the top 10 in scoring, and he led the PGA Tour in birdie average as recently as 2013.
In February 2021, Mickelson was attempting to become the first player in PGA Tour Champions history to win his first three tournaments on tour. However, he fell short in the Cologuard Classic, finishing in a T-20 position with a score of 4 under par.
In May 2021, 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. He shot a final-round 73 to capture the tournament, defeating Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen by two strokes, becoming the oldest major champion; at 50.
As Mickelson walked down the fairway following an excellent second shot from the left rough on the 18th hole, thousands of fans engulfed him, with him walking towards the hole, constantly tipping his hat and giving the thumbs up to the crowd as they cheered.
However, the massive tumult of people meant playing partner Brooks Koepka was stranded in the sea of people, and with difficulties, he managed to reach the green to finish the hole. Mickelson eventually emerged from the crowd and two-putted for par, finishing the tournament at 6-under, besting the field by two strokes.