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WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, W. VA (July 10, 2017) – Phil Mickelson this week returns to the site of his first Open Championship, Royal Birkdale. In 1991, he was 22 years old and playing by invitation after winning the 1990 U.S. Amateur. He followed an opening seven over par 77 with a 67, the second-best score of the round, before sharing 73rd place at 8-over.

Phil’s 47 now and as enthused about playing his twenty-fourth Open, and fourth at Birkdale, as he was a quarter-century ago.

“It’s nice to get a little bit of momentum and to finally shoot a number that I feel like I’ve been playing well enough to shoot,” he said after a Sunday 64 at The Greenbrier Classic, which tied him for 20th place. “I’m going to head over there and get a few extra days in at Birkdale. I have a real affinity for the golf course. I just have a special place in my heart for it.”

Phil feels the same about The Greenbrier, though until this year it hadn’t really loved him back. The Old White Course was renovated after last year’s calamitous flood washed out several holes and the event.

“It was really an impressive week from the standpoint of getting this golf course ready in less than a year, and the way the community pulled together to pull this event off,” Phil said, and it was nice for me to get a little bit of momentum here on the last day and shoot a good round.”

His first (67) and last rounds were his best on the Old White after missing the cut in his three previous visits. Sunday, he made seven birdies and one bogey, a missed-six-foot putt after being bunkered on the par-3 15th hole. Just as encouraging, it was a very positive start with Tim on the bag, and phone.

As they were touring Greenbrier, Jon Rahm was cruising to a dominating victory on the European Tour in Northern Ireland.

“I got updates on Jon Rahm’s success throughout the day and how great a win he had,” said Phil. “In addition to being my caddie, Tim’s also Jon’s manager, and so he was very keen on knowing how he was doing throughout the day. That was a nice plus. But he’s just a fun guy to be around. We had a great first week, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with him.”

L-R: Olafia Kristinsdotter, Stacy Lewis, Phil, Lydia Ko and Klara Spilkova

June 26, 2017 – The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship opens Thursday, June 29th at storied Olympia Fields Country Club just outside of Chicago and Phil Mickelson kicked off the week in style  to support his long-time partner, KPMG and its women’s leadership initiatives – the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and the KPMG Future Leaders Program.

“It was a long day and well worth every minute of it,” said Phil.

After a night flight from San Diego to New York on Sunday, Phil stated a media blitz at 5:30 a.m. with studio visits to CNBC’s Squawk Box, Golf Channel’s Morning Drive, FOX and Friends, FOX Business – Varney & Co., and ESPN’s Mike & Mike, plus a phone-in to the Dan Patrick Show.

That last was done on the run to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and a flight to Chicago with Mike “Greeny” Greenberg aboard. Stories were shared for the next two hours.

At noon Central time, Phil and Greeny were in the heart of the Windy City, where they surprised scores of people with “man in the street” interviews, autographs, and free tickets to attend the Championship. It was hard to tell who was having more fun, the two stars of the show or the stunned locals and tourists who snapped photos and shook hands.

Nearly an hour later, the circus moved into the Metra’s Millennium Train Station for a 40-minute trip to the course, with Phil conducting print, TV and radio interviews all the way to Olympia Fields, where Phil last competed in the 2003 U.S. Open.

Once there, Phil met with KPMG “teammates” Stacy Lewis, 11-time winner and 2-time major champion on the LPGA Tour, rookie Olafia Kristinsdottir of Iceland and other LPGA players warming up on the range. This preceded a skills challenge with Lewis, Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson while Greeny did a lively play-by-play for scores of enthusiastic fans.

The day wrapped up with a cordial meeting with KPMG Global Chairman John Veihmeyer, KPMG U.S. Chairman & CEO Lynne Doughtie and the 66th U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice. There it was announced that Phil is making a personal donation to the KPMG Future Leaders Program, which will increase the total number of college scholarships available for top female high school seniors across the country from 16 to 20 each year. This program is facilitated by the Office of Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

“Quality education has been a top priority for Amy and me,” said Phil, who days earlier skipped the U.S. Open to attend daughter Amanda’s high school graduation. “We believe that a strong family and solid education are the keystones for success in life and work,” said Phil. “With its ongoing mentoring component led by Condoleezza, the KPMG Futures Leaders Program provides both. “Amy and I are proud to do what we can to support it.”

Phil did his bit with his time and money on Monday, and the participants graciously acknowledged it. He planned to be watching the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship this week, after he got a little rest.

June 20, 2017 — Phil Mickelson and caddy Jim Mackay have parted ways after 25 years, and 41 victories together. The mutual and amicable decision was announced today

The paring was made at a local qualifier for the 1992 U.S. Open in Germantown, Tenn. Two weeks later, they debuted at the Pebble Beach U.S. Open, where Phil shot 68 Thursday only to miss the cut the next day. He has had six seconds in the Open as a professional, and Bones was scouting Erin Hills for days in advance of the Erin Hills Open last week, although Phil had to take a pass on the championship in favor of daughter Amanda’s high school graduation.

“Bones is one of the most knowledgeable and dedicated caddies in the world,” said Phil. “He is always prepared and has the ability to make decisions in pressure packed situations. Bones is without a doubt one of the most thoughtful people that I have ever known. The next player to work with him will obviously be very lucky.”

Bones said, “When Phil hired me in 1992, I had one dream: to caddie in a Ryder Cup. Last year, at Hazeltine, Phil played in his 11th straight Ryder Cup. It was so cool to have a front row seat.”

Noting that player-caddy relationships seldom last 25 years, Bones added, “I will always be grateful that I was around to witness so much of Phil’s career.”

Together they finished in the top 10 in 33 percent of their 557 PGA Tour events and played 11 Ryder Cups and 11 Presidents Cups, both team records.

Phil’s brother, Tim, will caddy for the remainder of the season.

“My relationship and history with Bones far exceeds golf,” said Phil. “He has been one of the most important and special people in my life since the day we met and I will always be grateful for everything he has done for me. Amy and I, and our children, will always think of Bones, Jen, Oliver, and Emma as family. We are looking forward to sharing life and friendship with them forever.”

Clearly that respect is mutual.

“I wish Phil nothing but the best,” said Bones. “His game is still at an elite level, and when he wins in the future (definitely the Masters), I will be among the first to congratulate him.”

MEMPHIS (June 11, 2017) –The story of Phil Mickelson’s week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic is familiar one: short and not-so-sweet.

Phil has found the competition and the site useful for honing his game on the eve of the U.S. Open and beyond that, he said Sunday, “It’s one of my favorite courses on the Tour.”

He had two seconds, a third, a T-11, and averaged finishing 3.4 shots back in his previous four consecutive appearances

Sunday, despite making 20 birdies, second-most in the field, he shared ninth place, three strokes in arrears after making a triple bogey and just one birdie in the last eight holes.

“It was almost like I was a rookie today,” Phil said about seeing a leaderboard behind the 11th green showing him tied for the lead. “It threw me because I didn’t expect to be there at that moment. I thought I was still chasing; I was only four-under for the day.”

“But the good news is that my physical game is there and I should be able to find the mental toughness soon.”

That acuity will be on display this week when his streak of competing in 24 consecutive U.S. Opens as a professional comes to an end. Rather than going to Wisconsin, he’ll be attending daughter Amanda’s high school graduation in California. Most likely.

“I need a four-hour window,’’ Phil said with a smile. He’s scheduled to tee it up at 3:20 Central time Thursday. “If they’re delayed starting for four hours, I have a shot. I can get there in three and a half hours, to the course in four. But I’m not counting on it.”

At least his share of ninth, three strokes behind the winner, counted for his fourth top-10 of the season and the 186th of his career.

DUBLIN, OH (June 3, 2017) – Eighteen years ago Payne Stewart made a par on the final hole of the US. Open at Pinehurst and handed Phil the first of his five runner-up finishes in the national championship. That night Phil flew home to San Diego to witness the birth of his first child, Amanda, the next day.

In two weeks Amanda, now the president her high school class, will give a speech to her classmates at their graduation and Phil will be there, not at the Open in Erin Hills, Wisconsin.

Phil made the announcement today after his third round in the Memorial Tournament.

“Unfortunately, it comes on the Thursday morning of the Open, Pacific time,” said Phil, “so there’s really no way to make it, no matter what the tee time is.”

After two appearances in the Open as an amateur Phil made his professional debut in the 1992 Open at Pebble Beach. In 24 consecutive appearances as a professional he finished among the top-10 10 times and second five times by a total of nine strokes, twice by one. He did not play the 1993 Open after missing qualifying by a stroke.

“It’s the tournament I want to win the most,” said Phil, a winner of three Masters, a PGA Championship and the Open Championship. “The only way to win is if you play and have a chance. But this is one of those moments in life that when you look back, you don’t want to have missed.”

Phil announced that he would officially withdraw as close to the tournament as possible on the slim chance that something would delay the graduation. But he alerted USGA Executive Director/CEO Mike Davis so that his group could make their pairings next week.

“I didn’t want to put them in a spot where they’re making TV pairings and have to substitute,” said Phil.

He was asked what Amanda said when he talked to her about it.

“She’s always been very supportive,” said Phil. But, “It really wasn’t something we discussed because there really wasn’t much of a decision.”