Phil Mickelson Overview
- Full Name: Philip Alfred Mickelson
- Nick Name: Lefty
- Date of Birth: June 16, 1970 (age 48 years),
- Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
- Father: Phil Mickelson Sr.
- Mother: Mary Mickelson
- Nationality: American
- Profession: Golfer
- Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
- Weight: 91 kg
- Spouse: Amy Mickelson (m. 1996)
Sun Sign: Gemini
Phil Mickelson, nicknamed Lefty, is an American professional golfer. He was born on June 16, 1970, in San Diego, California, United States as Philip Alfred Mickelson. Phil nationality is American. Mickelson graduated from the University of San Diego High School in 1988 and headed to Arizona State University to study psychology.
Phil Mickelson began an amateur golfing career as a teen. He won 34 San Diego Junior Golf Association titles, using his father’s job as an airline pilot to score tickets to his various tournaments. His mother took a second job to help pay for his American Junior Golf Association play, which won him three consecutive AJGA Rolex Player of the Year awards, and a full scholarship to Arizona State University.
In 1990, while a junior in college, Mickelson became the first left-hander to win the U.S. Amateur title. That same year, he stunned critics when he won his first PGA Tour tournament as an amateur, becoming the fourth golfer in PGA history to accomplish this feat.
In 2007, Forbes estimated his earnings for the year at $42 million, making him one of golf’s highest-paid players. He was included in the ‘National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame’ in 2008.
In 2016, he win the ‘CareerBuilder Challenge’ and was named as the captain’s pick for the 2017 ‘Presidents Cup.’
Mickelson has an estimated net worth of $400 million. In 2011, he was the second-highest paid athletes in the United States. His earning includes salary, bonus, endorsements, and appearance.
Facts of Phil Mickelson
- Mickelson gave up his long-standing contract with ‘Titleist’ golf equipment and changed over to ‘Callaway’ in 2004, just prior to the ‘Ryder Cup.’
- Frustrated with his tee shots, he changed his coach. He left Rick Smith and hired Butch Harmon, who was the former coach of Tiger Woods. Later, he left Butch Harmon too and hired Andrew Getson as his coach in 2016.
- Phil Mickelson once gave a spectator $ 200 because his tee shot had broken his watch.
- Phil is one of the only three golfers to have won the ‘NCAA Championship’ and the ‘US Amateur Championship’ in the same year. The other two are Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
- He has always considered representing his country at an international tournament to be the greatest honor. He has represented the US in 11 ‘Ryder Cup’ matches and 12 ‘Presidents Cups.’