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Phil Mickelson and rising Chinese golf star Li Haotong were hosted by Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Sands China today in Macao. Mickelson and Haotong participated in a Pro-Am tournament, followed by the highlight of the day, a junior clinic. The clinic consisted of golfers from the Macao Junior Golf Club Association, the Zhang Lianwei Sports Development Foundation and Macao Special Olympics.

Mickelson, who competed in his first CJ Cup at Jeju Island last week, is visiting Macao for the first time. “During my career I have been fortunate to travel the world playing golf and to come to new places like Macao is very special. I’m very grateful to have this opportunity and have enjoyed my stay here at the Venetian,” Phil said on his visit.

This event is just one example of Las Vegas Sands role in bringing sporting events and professional athletes to Macao. Sands has demonstrated its commitment to increasing access to opportunities for young people in Macao through its partnerships.

“We are honored to have Phil and Haotong in Macao and glad that they were able to connect with our guests and the local community,” said Rob Goldstein, the company’s president and chief operating officer. “We are committed to supporting Macao’s transformation into a world-class leisure and business tourism destination and will continue to work with role models like Phil and Haotong who inspire and educate the local community here.”

Phil’s tour of Asia will continue at the end of the month when he plays at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shangai, a tournament which Phil has won twice back in 2007 and 2009

Phil Mickelson will travel to Asia this month and play in tournaments in South Korea and China, while making his first-ever visit to the Chinese city of Macao.

This week, Lefty will play the third-annual CJ Cup at Nine Bridges which will be played on South Korea’s Jeju Island. This will be Phil’s first time competing in the tournament.

Following the CJ Cup, Lefty will be a guest of Las Vegas Sands in Macao, China. The visit will be highlighted with a youth clinic conducted by Phil and fellow golfer, Li Haoting. Haoting is a Chinese native born in Hunan, and his rising popularity is a great compliment to Phil’s immense global following.

“I’m honored to join Las Vegas Sands and especially excited to share my passion for golf with young athletes in the dynamic and vibrant city of Macao,” said Mickelson. “Golf has taught me so many lessons about the importance of sportsmanship, respect, and commitment, and I look forward to sharing those important values with the young people during my visit.”

Phil’s Asia tour will continue later this month on October 31 where he will compete at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, a tournament where Mickelson reigned victorious in 2007 and 2009. Phil won the first of two HSBC Champions in exciting fashion as the 2007 tournament went to a three-way playoff with Ross Fisher and Lee Westwood. Phil went on to birdy the second playoff hole and win the title. The HSBC Champions became a World Golf Champions event in 2009 and saw Phil claim his second title in Shanghai. Phil’s three-under 69, and 17-under par tournament total was enough to surpass runner-up Ernie Els and become a two-time winner.

Phil is looking to make a statement with his game in Asia with the hope of being selected for the Presidents Cup coming up in December. He is looking to continue an incredible streak of being named to 24 consecutive Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams intact. he last time he wasn’t on a team representing the United States in either competition was 1993.

Lefty is certainly motivated to get there.

“The challenge of playing golf at the highest level brings out the best in me,” Mickelson said in Las Vegas at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. “It forces me to get in the best shape, forces me to work hard and to focus on something positive, improving my game. It gives me a direction, and it’s been a big part of my life and I love it.”

For the past seven years, 44-time PGA TOUR winner, 3-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson and KPMG have teamed up three programs designed to make an impact in fighting illiteracy along with empowering the next generation of women leaders.

This successful partnership began back in 2012 when Phil and KPMG started Blue for Books. Blue for Books is a program that donates three children’s books to kids in need for every sale of the blue KPMG hat. This hat is worn by Lefty, LGPA Tour players Stacy Lewis and Mariah Stackhouse. The program has donated over 200,000 books since Blue for Books launched seven years ago.

A year after the Blue for Books launch, the program expanded with the Inspiring Win Program. Each time Phil, Stacy or Mariah wins a tournament, KPMG’s Family for Literacy program donates 5,000 new books. Their people also get together to renovate a library at a local school in that community.

Phil’s win back in February at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is the latest to contribute. Due to this victory, KPMG and the Inspiring Win Program will enhance a library in the San Francisco United School District.

“KPMG has started doing a lot for education and I love the association in helping libraries, helping other communities when I win,” Mickelson said of the program.

You can read more on the Inspiring Win Program at PGA TOUR’s site HERE.

(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!

It’s The Open week and Phil Mickelson looks will attempt to become a two-time champion. Phil won the 142nd Open Championship back in 2013 with a stellar final round when he made four birdies on his last six holes to shoot 66 and win the title. It was a memorable win for Lefty.

“I needed to bring it,” Phil said at the time after the victory. “This is the best I have ever putted. Today will be one of the most memorable rounds I have ever played. It’s probably the greatest and most difficult win of my career. It is great to be part of any Open Championship and to win at Muirfield feels amazing.”

The big win came in his 20th Open Championship start and it was also the fifth major win of his career. The other four? Three Masters (2004, 2006, 2010) and a PGA Championship (2005). Phil came close to winning The Open again in 2016 where he almost recorded a 62 and the lowest round in major championship history. Lefty finished T2 and settled for a 63 becoming the 26th player to go that low and that grand of a stage.

Phil played some of his best golf to win this tournament back in 2013, and he will need to rekindle some of that magic this Thursday at Royal Portrush to add a sixth Major and second title at The Open.

Mickelson said on Sunday via social media that he went on a six-day fast in which he lost 15 pounds to try and prepare himself for the rigors of another major championship week.

“The last 10 days I’ve done what I call a hard reset to change and try to make things better. I’ve lost 15 pounds. I’ve done a six-day fast with water and a special coffee blend for wellness and went on a bit of a retreat. … I don’t know if it’s going to help me play better, but I’m willing to do whatever it takes to try to get my best back.”