Residence: Rancho Santa Fe, California
Phil Mickelson, shown booming his 8.5 degree Callaway Big Bertha FT-5 down the fairway at the World Golf Championships at Doral Resort, was for a long time saddled with the dreaded title of ‘Best player never to win a Major’. Now, with an enormous PGA Championship trophy sitting on the Mickelson mantel place and 2 Green Jackets in the closet, he is considered to be one of the best golfers of his generation. Known mostly for his enviable knack to get ‘up and down’ from almost anywhere using the ‘Phil Flop Shot’, the powerful ‘Lefty’ is a threat every time he tees up.
Naturally right-handed, Phil only plays golf left-handed after mirroring his father’s swing when 18 months old and latterly could not be persuaded to play perhaps his natural, right-handed way. Already swinging a cut-down club in the back garden of his modest San Diego home, aged 3 he tried to run away because his parents didn't think he was old enough to play at the local course.
Phil made his professional debut at the 1992 US Open having already won the 1991 Northern Telecom Open as an amateur. Now, 16 years later, he is tied in 13th place on the all-time PGA Tour wins list with 34. Along with this, Phil can boast an outstanding major record. He was the best player in both The Masters and US Open between 2003-08 with 2 wins (2004 and 06 Masters), 3 second places and 3 third places as well as winning the 2006 PGA Championship. Phil is also the only US player to feature in all 7 Presidents Cup and the last 8 Ryder Cup matches.
Phil hit the ground running in 2008, bagging a win (Northern Trust Open) and a 2nd place by mid-February. A second win came in May when he won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, birdying the last to beat Tim Clark and Rod Pampling to the crown. ‘Major Phil’ was as consistent as ever in this year’s blue ribbon events, finishing in the top 20 in each of the tournaments. Capping off the year with victory in the Ryder Cup, securing 2 points from his 5 matches at Valhalla, Phil has taken $5,188,875 to the bank and finishes the year as World #2.