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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.”

(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.