(July 23, 2019) – Phil Mickelson received a crystal award from the Official World Golf Ranking board last Tuesday at the Open Championship in Portrush, Northern Ireland for 25 straight years in the Top 50, a streak that started in November of 1993 after a second-place finish at the Casio World Open in Japan. Lefty’s longevity has been nothing but impressive and the Official World Golf Ranking board wanted to honor him for such an amazing feat.
“To play for this long, I’m very thankful and appreciative,” Mickelson said.
Perhaps it’s Phil’s long swing that has kept him injury-free throughout the years allowing him to play this long, or maybe it’s just his passion for the game of golf.
“I love what I do,” he said, referring to golf as being a soothing, almost spiritual feeling. “I need it to function.”
Phil’s been inside the Top 50 for … 1,338 weeks, which is far ahead of Ernie Els’ second longest streak of 965 weeks. What a remarkable accomplishment!