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(May 20, 2019) – Despite not showing the kind of performance he would have liked, the true stars of the PGA Championship were Phil Mickelson’s calves and thumbs. Even with a T-71 finish, the fans at Bethpage Black and on social media went wild for “the Andre the Giant of calves” as Sports Illustrated put it.

Mickelson also set out to achieve the most thumbs-up in a single day at Bethpage Black. He bested his previous record of 984 with a total of 1,397 thumbs up. Phil celebrated his record break with a well-deserved Epsom salt thumb bath.

The calf-craze began months prior when Phil posted several self-produced instructional videos on social media in which he appeared in shorts and flip flops. Instead of being met with criticism from pants-only traditionalists, the comments were full of praise for Mickelson’s helpful lessons and exposed legs.

When the PGA announced pros would now be allowed to wear golf shorts during pro-am and practice rounds, Phil teased fans with a shot of his calves and cheekily attributed the new rule to the hype surrounding his “Insta-structionals.”

Garnering countless social media mentions and multiple feature stories, Mickelson may not have performed to his standard but in typical Lefty style, exhibited unparalleled sportsmanship and fan appreciation.

Phil’s social media presence throughout the PGA championship allowed his supporters to come along for the journey. Fans can expect more fun Twitter and Instagram posts from Phil in anticipation for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, but make no mistake, Phil is there with a serious intention to win another major.

“There’s not much I could do right now that would do anything to redefine my career, but there’s one thing that I could do, and that’s win a U.S. Open,” said Mickelson on his mindset for the upcoming major. “If I could do that, it would change the way I viewed my career because there are only five guys who have won all the majors. You have to look at those guys differently, and if I ever join the that crowd, it would redefine my career.”

Mickelson will compete in the U.S. Open June 13-16 at Pebble Beach, the same course where his grandfather once worked as a caddy. The final round of the tournament happens to fall on Father’s Day, which also happens to be Phil’s 49th birthday.

(April 11, 2019) – It’s a memorable day for Phil Mickelson legendary career. Lefty’s iconic jump took place 15 years ago today when he earned his first Masters victory, which was also his first Major Championship. Fast forward six years later to 2010, and Mickelson would take home his third Masters title on the same day.

Phil was on the 18th hole in 2004 preparing for the most important putt of his career. From 18 feet away and the 68th Masters on the line, Phil’s putt crawled to the hole. He made it, and the crowd exploded. What followed the putt is an image so iconic in Phil’s career and PGA TOUR history: the jump. Phil shot in the air and shouted, “I did it!” Moments before the Masters-winning putt, Phil had studied playing partner Chris DeMarco’s putt, which was unsuccessful.

“Chris’s ball was hanging on that left lip, and when it got to the hole, it just fell off,” Lefty said. “And my putt was almost on the identical line. Instead of falling off, it caught that lip and circled around and went it. I can’t help but think (my grandfather) may have had a little something to do with that.”

Phil finally proved himself after 17 top-10 finishes as he was now amongst the group of Masters winners before him.

Six years later in 2010, Mickelson entered The Masters without a victory on the season. 39 at the time, something about The Masters allowed Phil to rise to the occasion and perform how everybody knows he can. Well, how good did her perform? Let’s start with shocking pars out of the pines on the ninth and 10th holes. He would follow that up with birdies on the 12th and 13th. Phil was in cruise control from there as he carded a 67 and secured his third Masters victory by three strokes over Lee Westwood.

“I’m in love with this place,” Mickelson said. “It just brings out the best in me.”

Now nine years after winning his third Masters, Lefty is back at the place he loves and looking for his fourth.

 

(MARCH 13, 2019) – Phil Mickelson comes in at No. 26 in the fourth annual ESPN World Fame 100, and Lefty has been featured all four times. Phil ranked No. 13 in 2016, No. 5 in 2017, and No. 10 in 2018. It has been an eventful last six months for Phil that includes two notable victories to add to his illustrious career.

Back in November, Phil took on Tiger Woods in Capital One’s The Match after 22 holes of back-and-forth golf, ultimately leading in a victory and bragging rights for Lefty. Last month, Phil took home his fifth AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, finishing19-under par with a 65. The win was also his 44th on the PGA TOUR.

Phil will shift focus to winning his first career U.S. Open in June.

 

(February 20, 2019) – Phil Mickelson looks to build on an impressive 2019 season he defends his WGC-Mexico Championship title, which begins tomorrow. With a win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am just two weeks ago, a repeat in Mexico would give Lefty three wins in a 52-week span. A repeat would also put him alongside Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson as the only players to win at least four WGC titles.

Last year’s win in Mexico ended a drought for Phil, who had not won since the 2013 Open Championship – a total of 101 tournaments. Mickelson closed with a 5-under-par 65 and the end of regulation and would defeat Justin Thomas in a thrilling sudden-death playoff.

Things didn’t look good for Phil after 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 Lefty would answer back. Phil responded with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th and 20-foot birdie on the 16th, tying Thomas. In the playoff, 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.

“I can’t put into words how much this means to me,” Mickelson said on his victory in Mexico last year. “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.”

Back-to-back wins in Mexico would further his momentum, as it would be his 45th win on TOUR and would inch closer to 50 career wins.

(PEBBLE BEACH, FEBRUARY 11, 2019) – Phil Mickelson did not let a hailstorm and daylight delays stop him as he earned his fifth victory today at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Phil finished 19-under par with a 65 and three strokes ahead of Paul Casey.

Mickelson’s win was the 44th in his career on the PGA TOUR, and matched Mark O’Meara with five victories at the tournament, which he first played in 1995. It was also his first victory on American soil since the Phoenix Open six years ago. He won the British Open that summer in Scotland, and the Mexico Championship last year.

Mickelson played great golf on Sunday, hitting six birdies with no bogeys. Lefty managed to turn a three-shot deficit into a three-shot lead before play was delayed. Phil wanted to keep playing, but that’s just his competitive nature.

At this stage of his career, Phil is well aware of the work he needs to put in to stay sharp. “It’s a lot more work and effort to play at this level,” Phil said. “It’s a lot more work off the course, it’s more time in the gym, it’s more time eating, it’s more time focusing – it’s all these things that go into it, and so it’s very gratifying to see the results and to finish it off the way I did.”

Pebble Beach has plenty of importance for Phil, and the win further proves it.

“This is a special place for me,” Mickelson said after the round. “My grandfather, 1919, was one of the first caddies at Pebble Beach. Every time I get here I have such special feelings for what this place means to me and my family.”

Pebble Beach also happens to be the home of the 2019 U.S. Open in June – the one Major that has alluded Phil throughout his career. Phil’s Pebble Beach and West Coast success may just be the secret ingredient for Lefty to earn his first U.S. Open.