Phil’s Genesis

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ESPN recently debuted an eight-part animated series, “1 of 1 – Genesis.” Each short film focuses on a single athlete, all of whom have, like all Marvel Super Heroes, a defining story of the origin of their powers in their ascent to greatness in their sport. Phil is in that lineup along with seven other Read More…

Phil shares 20th place at Open Championship

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 20:  Phil Mickelson of the United States looks on from the 16th green during the final round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 20, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

July 20, 2015 – The Champion Golfer of the Year 2013, Phil Mickelson, still has only one top-10 finish the five Opens he has played at St. Andrews. This time he settled for a share of 20th place. Like the rest of the field, through the rainy windy week Phil was subject to the vagaries Read More…

Mickelson dances golf’s invisible line

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 17:  Phil Mickelson of the United States looks on from 17th green during the second round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 17, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Kevin Van Valkenburg, ESPN Senior Writer ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — There comes a time in the life of every great golfer when he crosses an invisible, but inevitable, line. On one side of the line, you are a contender in major championships; an elite athlete and artist with a club in your hands. You’re still Read More…

Phil satisfied with his Open opener

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 16:  Phil Mickelson of the United States and caddie Jim Mackay look on from the 13th tee during the first round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 16, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

It looked like a breeze going out and it was a battle coming in but Phil Mickelson weathered it all and shot two under par 70 in the first round of the Open Championship at St. Andrews Thursday. When he was finished he was five shots behind early leader Dustin Johnson, sharing 27th place. With Read More…

Phil returns to St. Andrews for the Open

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In 1991 Phil played in his first Open Championship as the 1990 U.S. Amateur champion. This week marks Phil Mickelson’s 22nd consecutive professional start in the Open. For many years he fought the wind, the firmness of the humped and hollowed courses, the speed and texture of the greens. When he finally embraced all that Read More…

ESPN series “1 of 1 – Origins” features Phil Mickelson

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On July 10 Marvel Entertainment and ESPN Films debut “1 of 1 – Origins,” a series of short films that help explain the careers of some of the world’s leading athletes by combining original Marvel art and creative animation with the non-fiction style of ESPN Films.  Emmy winner Eric Drath directed and produced the series Read More…

What else could he say?

UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 19:  Phil Mickelson of the United States walks with his caddie Jim Mackay during the second round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 19, 2015 in University Place, Washington.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA. (June 21, 2015) – He was walking from the scoring area to a waiting car when he was asked how it went. “Fun,” he said with sly smile. OK, so probably not the best first question for a guy who 20 minutes before had finished the fourth round of the U.S. Open Read More…

Poor start sets the tone for a dismal day

UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 20:  Phil Mickelson of the United States tosses his golf ball to his caddie Jim Mackay on the first green during the third round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 20, 2015 in University Place, Washington.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA. (June 20, 2015) – The story of Phil Mickelson’s third round in the US. Open is a short one. When he and Cameron Tringale arrived for their 11:10 starting time at Chambers Bay Golf Club they were tied for 35th place at three over par and facing a vast dry, hard, hilly, Read More…

Phil lives to fight another day

during the second round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 19, 2015 in University Place, Washington.

UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA. (Jun 19, 2015) – Late this afternoon the moonscape that is Chambers Bay Golf Club slipped from lunar to loony. Greens tuned to browns, crusty and inconsistent. Bounces turned to caroms, run-outs to full sprints across greens or into bunkers. Scores ballooned, spirits swooned. Phil Mickelson hit an 8-iron to the seventh Read More…

Phil shoots 1-under to open the U.S. Open

during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington.

UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA, (JUNE 18, 2015) – Phil Mickelson played the first nine holes at Chambers Bay Golf Club in three under par. That briefly put him atop the leaderboard and he wasn’t far off it when he made the turn. After playing the inward nine in 2-over he was three strokes off the lead Read More…

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