Player Profile - Phil Mickelson
14 Feb 2012
Celebrated American golfer Phil Mickelson won his 40th career title on the PGA Tour on Sunday at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. This week’s player profile highlights the recent career milestones of this seasoned golf champion.
A native of San Diego California, Phil Mickelson has become one of the most loved personalities in world golf. Born in 1970, Mickelson has one PGA title under his belt for every year he has been alive – a record very few could match or exceed. Since turning professional in 1992, Mickelson has enjoyed a highly successful career, including three victories at the US Masters and one at the PGA Championship. He has also been ranked number two in the world more than once during his career.
The 1990s saw Mickelson fine-tuning his game as he won a total of thirteen US PGA titles, including the Phoenix Open, NEC World Series, and his first Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. With his friendly, laid-back approach to golf, Mickelson is not a player who makes heavy weather of defeat, while treating victory with the same easy-going attitude. His personality and excellent form have made him a favourite among golf fans around the world.
Between 2004 and 2006, Mickelson won three major tournaments. His first major victory came at the 2004 Masters where he beat South Africa’s Ernie Els by a single stroke to clinch the title. Two years later, another one stroke victory saw clear to lift the trophy at the 2006 PGA Championship. In the same year, Mickelson repeated his victory at the Masters, beating Tim Clark by two strokes.
More recently, Mickelson has been victorious on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2007 he won the Deutsche Bank Championship, winning the 2009 Tour Championship and the 2010 Masters – his fourth major victory. On Sunday, Mickelson won his fourth Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, his 40th career victory. He will be inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame later this year, an award he won in November 2011.