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Napa, CA (Oct. 9, 2017) –Fresh off an encouraging stretch run in the 2016-17 season, Phil Mickelson was in high spirits when he arrived at Silverado Country Club for the Safeway Open and the start of the 2017-18 schedule. Despite narrowly missing the Tour Championship, Phil was a cumulative 21 under par in his last two Tour events – his best run since the opening two weeks of the season – and his 3-0-1 Presidents Cup helped lead the U.S. to its 12th consecutive victory.

He was in Napa, one of his favorite getaway places, and ready to get away to a fresh start in the new season. He was motivated to prove his game was at the level he was looking through much of the preceding season. He called Silverado “a fun place to play,” a course that puts a premium on iron play, long the strength of Phil’s game.

“I have an opportunity to start the new season with a little bit of momentum,” said Phil. “I’ve been playing well, so I would like to get a good finish, get a good start.”

That he did with a 12 under par 276, and a share of sixth place. That equaled his best placement of the year, at the Dell Technologies Championship, and was his best score against par since his 14-under earned a tie for eighth last season at the Safeway last year.

Phil was two under par for the round on Sunday and chasing the lead going into 17 Sunday but he bunkered his approach and made bogey for the second straight day, though he also closed with a birdie on 18 again and his 23 for the week led the field.

Phil plans to close his competitive year Oct. 26-29 with the WGC-HSBC Championships in Shanghai, where he’s won twice.

“I’ll keep my game sharp and go over there and try to come out on top,” he said, “because I feel like I’m pretty close.”

Teammates Jordan Spieth, world No 2, and No. 8 Rickie Fowler also were 3-0-1. No. 1 Dustin Johnson was 4-0-1. The 19-11 victory gave the U.S. an 11-1-1 record in the series.

When asked how much longer his team play could continue Phil, now 47, said, “I’m not sure, but next year going to Paris and being part of The Ryder Cup Team, it’s been 25 years since we won a Ryder Cup over there. That would be a real big goal of mine.”

A captain’s pick for just the second time in 13 consecutive Presidents Cup appearances, Phil was paired in his first three matches with Kevin Kisner, one of six rookies on the 12-man side.

“I really felt the pressure, especially early on, especially going out,” said Phil. “I had a great partner in Kevin, who was able to keep me relaxed, get the best out of me. We played very well together.”

For the record, Mickelson-Kisner halved with Australians Marc Leishman and Jason Day in the Day 1 Foursomes, and beat the same pair 2&1 in the Friday morning Four-Ball 1-up. Saturday morning Phil and Kisner defeated Emiliano Grillo and Jhonattan Vegas 2&1 before sitting out the afternoon session. Phil led Hadwin for 16 holes before closing the Singles match on 17.

“There will be a point,” said Phil, “where I look back and I remember, cherish, talk about all the experiences and memories that have been created but right now I’m still trying to make more. I have not been a part of a Ryder Cup victory in Europe. It’s a big goal of mine.

“We have the players, the foundation, and the direction; I want to be part of that team next year. I’ve got to bring something on the golf course. I’m going to go work hard on my game this off-season. I’m going to add some tournaments to try to get up on the list and make the team on points. That’s a big goal for me, so we’ll see if I can do it.”

Phil begins that points drive this week at the Safeway Open in Napa, California.

 

NEW YORK and CARLSBAD, Calif., September 26, 2017 – Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) today announced it has extended its relationship with Phil Mickelson, solidifying that the five-time major champion will play Callaway equipment for the remainder of his competitive playing career.

While terms of the partnership were not released, it reconfirms the relationship between Callaway Golf and Phil Mickelson as one of the flagship endorsements in global sports. Lagardère Sports, Mickelson’s management representative, and Callaway confirmed that both parties are equally aligned in their mission to win in all categories.

As part of the new agreement, Mickelson will continue to play a full complement of Callaway Golf equipment throughout his professional career. Since joining Callaway in 2004, Phil has won 21 of his 42 PGA Tour titles, including four of his five major championships.

“Phil has meant so much to Callaway and to the game of golf,” said Callaway Golf President and CEO, Chip Brewer. “He is a dynamic athlete and an iconic ambassador. We are excited to continue our relationship with him for years to come.”

“Our long association has been hugely important to my career and this extended agreement is a great honor,” said Mickelson. “We’ve enjoyed close personal and working relationships for 13 years and I’m very grateful that it will continue through my playing days and beyond.”

Mickelson, 47, has been playing professionally since 1992 and has 48 professional wins, including three Green Jackets and one title each at the PGA Championship and The Open Championship. He became a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012, and his 42 PGA TOUR victories rank ninth all time. This week Mickelson represents the United States for the 13th consecutive time in the Presidents Cup and has played in 11 consecutive Ryder Cups, both American records.

Mickelson currently plays the Callaway Great Big Bertha Sub-Zero Driver, Great Big Bertha Epic Fairway Woods, new prototype Irons, an Odyssey Putter and a Chrome Soft ball.

Lake Forest, IL (Sept. 17, 2017) – It is true that even with a 14-foot birdie on the last hole Sunday in the BMW Championship, Phil Mickelson came one stroke short of qualifying for the Tour Championship this week in Atlanta.

 It is also true that he rallied late to get that close. Phil entered the final week of the Playoffs outside the top 30 who will contest the Tour Championship this week in Atlanta, and got as far as he did with a share of sixth place in the Dell Technologies Championship two weeks earlier, his best finish in nearly three months.

 He started last week at Conway Farms Golf Club with a 66, his first bogey-free round since the Waste Management in January and just his second of the entire season. He ended it with eight consecutive rounds under par, his best run of the year.

Sunday Phil was paired with Sergio Garcia, with whom he had had an unforgettable duel in the singles matches at last year’s Ryder Cup. Phil made the turn two over par for the round but picked up two with an eagle 14. As it turned out, he needed to pick up two more to make Tour Championship.

 He gained only one.

 That came on the par-5 18th, when his eagle chip bounced off the flagstick, leaving him a 14-foot birdie putt. And that came after a long wait for Garcia, who was given two drops from a hazard just shot of the green.

 “I was thinking this is what my playing partners go through most of the time,” said Phil. “I was just on other end of it. I’ve been on his side of it a lot.”

 The two-time winner of the Tour Championship will miss it this year by a single stroke but, he said, “I look forward to staying sharp this week for the Presidents Cup. I’ll play the following week in Napa. Looks like I’m probably going to go to China, too. I like the fact that I’m starting to play well.”

 

 United States Presidents Cup team captain Steve Stricker selected Phil Mickelson and fellow San Diegan Charley Hoffman to complete the 12-man team that meets the International side Sept. 26-Oct. 1 at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey.

 Phil becomes the only player on either side to play in all 12 matches, and this is the first time in his career that he has been a captain’s pick for the Presidents Cup. He also holds the U.S. Ryder Cup record for appearances with 11, having qualified each time.

“I wanted to make it on the points,” said Phil “but to be one of the picks because of the players and the captain and vice captains wanting you on the team, means as much as anything to me.”

 Phil’s Presidents Cup match record is 23-16-12. His 12th appearance extends his U.S. team record in that category and he holds the team records for most appearances (12), most points won (29), most foursome points won (12.5), and most fourball points won (12).

 He made his Presidents Cup debut in the inaugural event in 1994, when current teammates Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth were five and three months old, respectively.

 “Phil, of course, has been a stalwart among these Presidents Cup teams,” said Stricker. “He adds so much to the team, and I’ve been able to witness that firsthand on a few. He’s starting to play better. We love his attitude. Great in the team room, great on the golf course, and it’s a guy that, when you look at a team, it would be hard to imagine not having him on the team.”