After getting back on track at the Saudi International with a third place finish, Phil Mickelson found success at a place where he is a five-time champion: the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Lefty flirted with the lead all week before Nick Taylor’s chip-in birdie at the 15th hole Sunday finally ended any hope at a sixth win at Pebble Beach for Phil.
The third-place finish moved Phil from 72nd in the Official World Golf Ranking (OGWR) to 55th. His place on the OGWR is important because he needs to be in the top 60 after the PGA Championship (May 18) or on June 15 in order to qualify for the US Open at Winged Foot. Phil also made some history this weekend. He is just the third player in PGA TOUR history with at least one top-10 finish in 30 consecutive seasons.
Phil Mickelson is the third player in PGA TOUR history with at least one top-10 in 30 consecutive seasons. pic.twitter.com/zlUsspWC6H
— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) February 10, 2020
Although he did not walk away with the win, his play on the course was definitely a confidence builder.
“I had a lot of fun today having a chance to be in contention and having a chance to win,” Mickelson said after the tournament. “It was fun to get back in it. And these last couple of weeks have really given me a lot of motivation and momentum to continue doing what I’ve been doing … I’ve had two third-place finishes and I’m going to continue to build on that and give myself more chances.”
Next tournament up for Phil is the Genesis Invitational this week where he’s had plenty of success winning the event in back-to-back years in 2008 and 2009.