(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 in2018. 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.
(February 6, 2019) – Phil Mickelson will compete in his 23rd AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, beginning tomorrow. Pebble Beach has treated Phil well over the years. How well? 10 top-10 finishes, 360 birdies, and four wins, along with being the tournament’s all-time earnings leader. A fifth win would tie him atop the all-time list at Pebble Beach with Mark O’Meara.
Phil also has scored second-place finishes in this event in two of the last three years. Last year where he finished tied for second three shots back of Ted Potter Jr., and in 2016 he finished in solo second one stroke behind winner Vaughn Taylor.
“It can be a difficult golf course, but it’s also a course you if you’re playing well, you’ll make some birdies,” Mickelson said last year.
Pebble Beach is also the host of the U.S. Open June, the only Major that has alluded Phil throughout his illustrious career. Longtime golf broadcaster Jim Nantz went on record recently to predict that Phil will win the U.S. Open at Pebble this year. “I think he’s going to win at Pebble, how about that? I want to put that on the record, right now,” he said.
It turns out Phil has family ties at Pebble Beach as well as his maternal grandfather, Al Santos, was one of the first caddies at the course. “What an American dream,” said Nantz on the connection with Mickelson and Santos. “The story is too good and his record is too good there for me to overlook it.”
Phil’s birthday also happens to be Sunday of the U.S. Open.
It’s not just Pebble Beach where Phil plays well, he’s had success on the West Coast overall. 11 of Lefty’s 43 PGA TOUR wins have come in California, including seven runner-up finishes.
(Phoenix, AZ, January 31, 2019) – It was 1989 when Phil Mickelson competed in his first Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO). In the view of some organizers, what Phil has done for the event has ‘put it on the map.’ When Mickelson first teed up at the event back in ‘89, it was just the third event to be played at that venue.
30 years is a long time, but they went by fast for Phil.
“Thirty years, gosh, I remember when I was in college, it doesn’t seem that long ago that I was playing in my first Phoenix Open,” Lefty said. “Just amazing how many great memories I have when I come back and play here.”
Phil did not make the cut at his first WMPO, but that didn’t faze him. He went on to win the Tucson Open as a junior in college.
30 years later, and Phil has not changed. He has 43 PGA TOUR Victories under his belt, including five majors. Phil has won at TPC Scottsdale, which is the site of where he will play his 30th Phoenix Open.
The 30th appearance is a record as he breaks a tie with Jim Ferrier, Jerry Barber and Gene Littler. If he makes the cut and plays four rounds, he will break the record for most rounds played (107). If Lefty were to go on and win the WMPO, it would be a fourth title and a stand-alone record.
Phil knows the importance to this tournament, and acknowledges what it means to him. “I cherish every time that I’ve had success here. I cherish coming down the back nine having an opportunity to win. It’s an environment unlike any other and it’s just really fun to get in the thick of it here in Phoenix,” he said regarding the WMPO.
Phil has a special bond with the WMPO, and not just because he has 11 Top-10 finishes. It’s the fans. At his first appearance in 1989, 334,500 people were in the crowd. Last year? 719,179.
“It was always special, but it became something bigger and larger than I think I ever thought possible.”