Profile: Phil Mickelson
- Birthplace: San Diego, Calif.
- Residence: Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
- College: Arizona State
- Birthdate: June 16, 1970
- Age: 34
- Turned Professional: 1992
Career Ryder Cup Performance
|Singles||Foursomes||Four-Balls||Final pos. - Points|
|3-1-0||1-1-2||4-3-1||2 - 1,835.250|
Mickelson started at the age of one and a half, playing left-handed as a mirror-image of his father's swing. When Phil got serious about the game his father built a complete practice area in the backyard of their home in San Diego. . .Phil had a fabulous amateur career, winning the 1989 and 1990 NCAA Championships and the 1990 U.S. Amateur, and was the consensus '90 College Player of the Year; he was also the low amateur (T29th) at '90 U.S. Open and a four-time All-American. Mickelson won the 1991 Northern Telecom Open as an amateur, becoming the fifth youngest winner of a professional event ever. . .He turned professional at the 1992 U.S. Open, and since then has become the 3rd golfer (Jack Nicklaus and Jerry Pate are the others) to win five events before age 25. In 1996 he became the first golfer in over 20 years to win the Arizona slam (Nortel and Phoenix), the last to accomplish that was Johnny Miller. With his 10th win at Bay Hill in 1997, he was the fourth youngest player to accomplish that milestone (only Horton Smith, Gene Sarazen and Jack Nicklaus were younger, Tiger Woods has since joined that list). . .Though he plays golf left-handed, is right-handed in everything else. . .One of only four male collegians (with Ben Crenshaw, Curtis Strange and Billy Ray Brown) to win the NCAA title as a freshman . . .One of only three players (with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods) to win the NCAA and the U.S. Amateur in the same year. . .Led the 1996 money list from Jan. until the last week of the Year when Tom Lehman won the Tour Championship. . ..His four wins were the most won on the PGA Tour in 1996. . . Member of 1995, '97, '99 and 2002 Ryder Cup Team . . .Member of 1994, '96, '98, 2000 & 2003 Presidents Cup Team . . .Member of 1989 and '91 Walker Cup Team . . .Without winning in 1999 he broke a streak in which he had won at least one PGA Tour event every year since 1993 (six consecutive years). One streak that is still alive, he has won over a million dollars a year for the last seven years.
23 - 1990 Northern Telecom Open (as an Amateur), 1993 Buick Invitational of California, The International, 1994 Mercedes Championship, 1995 Northern Telecom Open, 1996 Nortel Open, Phoenix Open, GTE Byron Nelson Classic, NEC World Series of Golf, 1997 Bay Hill Invitational, Sprint International, 1998 Mercedes Championship, AT&T Pebble Beach, 2000 Buick Invitational, BellSouth Classic, MasterCard Colonial, Tour Championship, 2001 Buick Invitational, Canon Greater Hartford Open, 2001 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Canon Greater Hartford Open, 2004 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Masters
1993 Perrier Open
1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 7; top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 71.65; money $171,713 (ranked 90th); best finish, 2nd New England Open.
1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 14; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 71.20 (ranked T89th); money $628,735 (ranked 22nd); winner Buick Invitational and The International.
1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 69.66 (ranked 8th); money $748,316 (ranked 15th); winner Mercedes Championship. Broke his left leg and suffered a hairline fracture of the right ankle in March during a skiing accident, which sidelined him for close to three months.
1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 15; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 70.59 (ranked 44th); money $655,777 (ranked 28th); winner Northern Telecom Open.
1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average 70.23 (ranked 16th); money $1,697,799 (ranked 2nd); winner at Nortel Open, Phoenix Open, GTE Byron Nelson Classic and NEC World Series of Golf.
1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 69.83 (ranked 10th); money $1,225,390 (ranked 11th); winner at Bay Hill Invitational and Sprint Invitational
1998 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 70.28 (ranked 27th); money $1,837,246 (ranked 6th); winner at Mercedes Championships and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 20; top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average 70.16 (ranked T17th); money $1,722,681 (ranked 14th); best finish, 2nd, U.S. Open, NEC Invitational.
2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; rounds played - 80 ; in money -20; top-10 finishes - 12; money $4,746,457 (ranked 2nd); Winner at the Buick Invitational, BellSouth Classic, MasterCard Colonial and Tour Championship
Scoring - 69.25 / (2nd); driving distance - 288.7 / (3rd); driving accuracy -66.9% / (125th); GIR - 68.1% / (42nd); putting - 1.726 / (3rd); birdie average - 4.21 per rd / (4th) / total birdies - 337; sand saves - 59.2% / (34th); scrambling - 65.2% / (6th); all-around rank - 215 / (3rd)
Won the Buick Invitational in a playoff
2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; rounds played - 82 ; in money -20; top-10 finishes - 13; money $4,403,883 (ranked 2nd); Winner at the Buick Invitational and Canon Greater Hartford Open
Scoring - 69.21 / (4th); driving distance - 293.9 / (6th); driving accuracy -69.4% / (78th); GIR - 69.9% / (26); putting - 1.717 / (2nd); birdie average - 4.54 per rd / (1st) / total birdies - 372; sand saves - 55.3% / (56th); scrambling - 63.1% / (29th); all-around rank - 174 / (1st).
Had a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open and five 3rds. His 12 top-10s were 2nd best on tour to Tiger Woods 13.
2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; rounds played - 94 ; in money -23; top-10 finishes - 12; money $4,311,971 (ranked 2nd); Winner at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and Canon Greater Hartford Open
Scoring - 69.58 / (4th); driving distance - 288.8 / (25th); driving accuracy -66.3% / (129th); GIR - 67.7% / (46th); putting - 1.717 / (5th); birdie average - 4.35 per rd / (2nd) / total birdies - 409; sand saves - 54.7% / (44th); all-around rank - 259 / (1st).
First time out of the top-30 of the money list since joining the tour halfway through the 1992 season.
2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; Rounds Played - 80; in money - 20; top -10 Finishes - 7; money $1,623,137 Rank (38th); Best finish: 3rd at the Masters
Scoring - 70.25 / (26th); Driving Distance - 306.0 / (3rd); Driving Accuracy - 49.0% / (189th); GIR - 64.8% / (107th); Putting - 1.736 / (14th); Birdie Average - 4.04 per rd / (13th) / Total Birdies - 323; Sand Saves - 54.7% / (33rd); All-Around Rank - 439 / (17th).