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Mexico City, Mexico (March 5, 2018) — The drought is over as Phil Mickelson closed a 5-under 66 and won an eventual playoff against Justin Thomas Sunday to win the 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship. This was Phil’s first win since the 2013 Open Championship – a stretch of 101 tournaments. 

 Phil’s victory was met with loud cheers, and he was just excited as the fans in attendance. “I can’t put into words how much this means to me,” he said. “I knew it was going to be soon — I’ve been playing too well for it not to be. But you just never know until it happens.” One thing is for certain: there was never a loss of confidence for Phil.

 Phil was at odds after Justin Thomas’ shot to the 18th from 119 yards out. Thomas’ ball fell in front of the pin and spun into the hole for an eagle and a 64, but Phil would respond. Lefty answered with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th and 20-foot birdie on the 16th, tying Thomas.

 Tyrell Hatton was in the final group with Mickelson, but missed a par putt for a 67 and fell out of a playoff. The sudden-death playoff would come down to Mickelson and Thomas: two players separated by 23 years of age. Thomas went long with a gap wedge to the par-3 17th and chipped to 10 feet short of the hole. Mickelson hit the green, narrowly missed the birdie putt and walked off a winner — finally — when Thomas missed his putt. 

 Mickelson, now with 43 victories on the PGA TOUR and 46 around the world, made good on his pledge earlier this year that more victories were in store for him. He has four consecutive top 10s for the first time since 2005. That also was the last time he had won in a playoff.

 This was Mickelson’s third World Golf Championships title and, just a month after being on the verge of falling out of the top 50 in the world for the first time in two decades, moves to No. 18 in the world. He also moved to No. 4 in Ryder Cup points. The Ryder Cup is important to Phil as one of his goals is to be on the team for the 12th consecutive time. The focus also remains on the Masters and earning a fourth green jacket.

 “I don’t think this is the peak,” Phil said. “I think I’m going to continue to get better.”

Pacific Palisades, CA (February 20, 2018) — For the third straight week, a valiant back-nine charge on Sunday came up just short for Phil Mickelson.

 Mickelson began the final round of the Genesis Open five shots off the lead, but after a birdie on No. 12 he got within a shot of Bubba Watson. With the leaders a few holes behind him, he continued to press and his aggressive approaches into Nos. 15 and 16 both led to bogeys that effectively ended his chances to win for the first time since 2013.

 Mickelson’s closing 3-under 68 ultimately left him in a tie for sixth, four shots behind Watson. It marked his third consecutive top-10 finish coming on the heels of his tie for fifth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and a tie for fifth the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. It’s also the first time since 2007 that he’s had three consecutive starts inside the top six.

 “My game’s on the upswing,” Mickelson said. “I’m playing well enough to compete week in and week out now, and now it’s just a matter of a shot here or there, the difference between winning and not, as opposed to kind of finding my game. I’m not searching anymore.”

 With the first major on the horizon, Phil is aware of what he has to do to win his fourth green jacket.

 “I think it will be important for me, if I want to go into Augusta with the expectation of winning again, that I win before then,” Mickelson said. “If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. But I think that that would be a big thing for momentum, because you need to perform under the gun, in the clutch, and play well enough to win a tournament before you expect to win a major.”

Pebble Beach, CA (February 12, 2018) —  Phil Mickelson delivered another furious finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, finishing tied for second three strokes behind winner Ted Potter Jr. Lefty was impressive, hitting three rounds in the 60s, including a 6-birdie 67 on Sunday in which he hit 11 of 14 fairways.

 It was Mickelson’s second straight top-5 finish and third such result in the 2017-2018 Tour season so far. Coming off a tie for fifth at the Phoenix Open, this is the first time he has put together consecutive top 5s since he won back-to-back in 2013 at the Scottish Open and British Open. Though he has not won since the 2013 British Open, It was the sixth time since that he finished alone or in a tie for second place.

 “I made a few good birdies coming down the stretch there to feel the nerves again,” Mickelson said. “Unfortunately, it’s not enough, but it was a great week, a lot of fun, perfect weather and really had a great time.”

 By sharing second, Mickelson moved from 41st to 35th in the latest Official World Golf Rankings.  He also moved from No. 21 to No. 12 in the latest Ryder Cup standings. Mickelson has played on every Ryder Cup USA team since the 1995 matches at Oak Hill Country Club.

 It’s been over four years since Phil’s last PGA Tour win, but it’s clear that Lefty can still go. “I still believe I have a lot of good golf left in me,” he said.

 Phil has momentum heading into the Genesis Open next week at the Riviera Country Club, where he’s won twice (2008, 2009). His finish at Pebble Beach has only increased his confidence for next week. 

 “I’m driving it as well as I have in a long time and if I continue to strike it the way I have, it’s going to be another good week. And I can’t wait to get started,” Phil said.


Scottsdale, AZ (February 5, 2018) — Phil Mickelson electrified the boisterous crowed as he made a late surge up the leaderboard at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he is a three-time winner and has been a fan favorite since his college days at Arizona State.

 After starting his final round in a share of fifth place, he struggled with putts on the front nine, but then made a late move with birdies on the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to pull within two strokes of clubhouse leader Gary Woodland. With a chance to force a playoff, Phil failed to hit an eagle on the 72nd hole, ultimately dropping him to a tie for fifth. 

 This was Mickelson’s second top five finish in five starts this season, the first coming in October at the Safeway Open (T-3).  The showing also propelled him eight sports up in the Official World Golf Rankings to No. 41, continuing his run inside the top 50 that dates back to 1993.

 “The first half I was fractionally off. I was getting a little bit of lateral movement, and that is not a good thing for me,” Mickelson said. “Unfortunately, I just didn’t get the putts going in early enough to make the run there at the end, but it was still fun coming down the stretch and making a putt on 16 and things like that.”

 Despite not getting the win, Phil was optimistic about his game. “I think that my game’s gotten better each week, my focus is getting better each week,” he said. “So, I’m hoping that I continue to build on this.”

 Mickelson has indeed improved with each tournament in 2018 so far. After missing the cut in the CareerBuilder Challenge, he finished T45 at the Farmers Insurance Open and T5 in Scottsdale. Phil’s confidence continues to grow, and he now turns his attention to AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am – where he has won four times.

 “I think that my game’s gotten better each week, my focus is getting better each week,” Mickelson said. “So I’m hoping that I continue to build on this. This shouldn’t just be a one-week deal, I should be getting better and better as the weeks go on.”


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.”