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Phil Mickelson

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (46) / 6/16/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 200

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Hall of Famer and 42-time PGA TOUR winner Phil Mickelson finished 16th in the FedExCup standings last season, making it to the TOUR Championship for the first time since 2013.
The 46-year-old went 2-1-1 at the Ryder Cup a week after finishing a disappointing 22nd of 29 players at East Lake. Two weeks later, he opened 2016-17 with a rare start at the Safeway Open, posting a T8 (69-69-69-67) in just his second appearance. Lefty has gone under the knife twice since then, having sports hernia surgery in October and then again in December. His timetable for a return is up in the air. The Californian was winless last season in 22 events, the third straight season he's gone without a title, dating back to his win at the 2012 Open, but did record three runner-up finishes, the most he's had in that category since posting four in 2001. In 72 rounds last season, Mickelson led three times after any round. He was the 54-hole leader at Pebble Beach before finishing solo 2nd (to Vaughn Taylor), and was the first- and second-round leader at The Open before finishing solo 2nd (Henrik Stenson). Fri, Dec 16, 2016 04:46:00 PM

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With preferred lies in effect, Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson smoothed a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the Safeway Open to wrap up his second appearance on 14-under 274, up one place to T9 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Mickelson ended up in a five-way T8, and of the 12 players who finished in the top 10, he was the ONLY player to emerge from the LATE/early part of the draw.

The 46-year-old, making his 549th career start, has only teed it up at the Safeway on one other occasion, missing the cut at the 2007 inaugural at Grayhawk GC in Scottsdale, where he's a member. The California native and resident began the finale on 9-under (T10), six in arrears to 54-hole leader Patton Kizzire. He split a week-best nine (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.643 putts per GIR and 1.651 SG: Putting. For the week, he tallied one eagle and 19 birdies (five in R4), against seven bogeys.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 08:17:00 PM

Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson pieced together a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in Saturday's third round of the Safeway Open to put 9-under 207 on the board, six in arrears to 54-hole leader Patton Kizzire, who completed his third-round 66 on Sunday morning.

At World No. 15, the 46-year-old is the second-highest in OWGR at the Safeway (Paul Casey No. 12). En route to his third straight 69, he raced out to a 3-under start thru five holes, circling birdie-3 at the first from 9'1" and sinking an 8-footer for eagle on the par-5 fifth. The Californian stalled out from there, exchanging back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16, both from inside of 10 feet, with bogeys at 6 and 18 following trouble off the tee. With lift, clean and place in effect in rounds 2 and 3, he's mustered just 11 of his last 28 fairways and is currently T69 (of 70) in that stat for the week at 38.10 percent (16/42).
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 11:31:00 AM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson orchestrated a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in today's weather-delayed second round of the Safeway Open to reach halftime on 6-under 138, up 15 places to T7 with play still in progress.

The ASU alum hasn't played this event since a missed cut in the 2007 inaugural at Grayhawk GC (Raptor) in Scottsdale. He erased a bogey-bogey start on day 1 with five birdies over his final 16 holes to card a 69, and overshadowed three squares on day 2 with six birdies, including three straight on holes 4-6. The 46-year-old, coming off a third straight winless season, landed 13 greens in regulation for a second consecutive lap but improved to 1.538 putts per GIR and 1.730 SG: Putting. He converted all six of circles from between four and 13 feet with two of his three bogeys the result of penalty strokes.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 06:45:00 PM

Due to a steady stream of rain over Silverado Resort and Spa, the horn was sounded to suspend round-two play at the Safeway Open. The horn sounded at 8:39 a.m. PT with no timetable for resumption at the moment. UPDATE: Play is now scheduled to resume at 11:15 a.m.

The morning wave had the "fun" of playing through steady rain but the puddles became too much to deal with, especially on and around the greens. Phil Mickelson was one of those golfers and he managed to play three holes at even par to remain at 3-under for the week. Golfers have now been removed from the course and we will provide an update when there is a timeline for play to resume. UPDATE: Play is now scheduled to resume at 1:15 p.m.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 11:51:00 AM

From Ryder Cup Task Force (initiator) -- which name-changed to the Ryder Cup Committee (member) -- Team USA and 11-time Ryder Cupper Phil Mickelson was vindicated, completing a 2-1-1 week with a halve in Sunday Singles versus Europe's Sergio Garcia. Garcia wrapped his eighth appearance with a 1-2-2 record and is now 19-11-7 overall.

At the time this epic battle between the Hall-of-Famer and the Spaniard ended with their 10th and ninth birdies, respectively, the U.S. was well on their way to winning the 41st Ryder Cup 17-11, with Mickelson's halve pushing the lead to USA 13.0 Europe 10.0. The elder statesman of the proceedings at 46 years of age improved his career record to 18-20-7, battling Garcia to a draw in an amazing display of golf. In a see-saw contest which never featured more than a 1UP lead for either player, Mickelson circled five birdies on each nine, including four over his final five holes, with Garcia going bogey-free with nine birdies, highlighted by four straight birdies to finish. Mickelson's only blemish was a 3-putt bogey at the 11th.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 06:28:00 PM

Phil Mickelson & Rickie Fowler completed a sensational Friday morning foursome whitewash for Team USA in closing out a rollercoaster 1-hole victory over Rory McIlroy & Andy Sullivan in the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Astonishingly this was Fowler's very first full point in the Ryder Cup, in his 9th match, and Mickelson fought with his driver every time he pulled it from the bag, but they were spirited and displayed high skill to overcome a pumped-up European pair. McIlroy and Sullivan assumed an early advantage going 2-up through 6 holes, but ceded it when losing three holes on the bounce before the turn. Sullivan twice holed out from 8' for hole savers at 11 and 12, then McIlroy holed for wins from 9' at 13 and 14. But the Americans were not done and claimed 15 with par, 16 and 17 with birdies, then closed out the match with par at 18. Mickelson admitted on Sky Sports he was tight, as evidenced by going OB from the 6th tee, but he was also controlled as the game wore on and grabbed just his 5th foursomes win in 15 matches. The American pair claimed six birdies, including a hat-trick at 7, 8 and 9 (Fowler chip-in). They made two bogeys at 4 and 11, plus a double bogey at 6.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 01:03:00 PM

The 2016 Ryder Cup marks Phil Mickelson's 11th straight appearance in the biennial competition and he's been on the winning side only twice, in 1999 (The Country Club, Brookline, MA) and 2008 (Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, KY).

The 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club welcomes the Hall-of-Famer who enters with an overall record of 16-19-6, including a 2-1-0 mark at Gleneagles in 2014. His 41 career matches are the most in U.S. history with teammate Zach Johnson the next-most tenured of this year's squad with 14. The 46-year-old was No. 3 in automatic qualifying and finished a semi-resurgent PGA TOUR season with three runner-up finishes in 22 starts, highlighted by solo second at The Open. He ranked 12th in earnings and 16th in FedExCup points, while 7th in birdie average (4.06) and 1st in par-3 scoring average (2.93).
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 08:04:00 PM

After a two-year absence Phil Mickelson makes his way back to East Lake Golf Club for this week's TOUR Championship.

The two-time champ (2000, 2009) is no stranger to big finishes here at the Donald Ross venue on tap this week. He would love to find some of that same magic as he's failed to pick off a PGA TOUR win since the 2013 Open Championship. Lefty enters the week ranked 13th in the FedExCup race, so he'll need a lot of cooperation from one through five in the standings in addition to a win if he wants to walk away as the FedExCup champion. More realistically, Mickelson is likely just looking to round his game into top-shape ahead of next week's Ryder Cup competition.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 01:03:00 PM

Past champ Phil Mickelson battled to a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in the third round of the 98th PGA Championship to reach 1-under 209, up 21 spots to T40 with play still in progress.

Lefty won the 2005 edition here at Baltusrol GC with a 72-hole aggregate of 4-under 276. He opened that year with two rounds under-par and closed with two rounds over-par. This year, with ideal scoring conditions over the first two days, he'd been over-par since his first hole, sleepwalking his opening 11 holes in birdie-less 4-over before rebounding for 1-over 71. Round 2 began with triple bogey-7 before fighting back to 70, one inside the cut line. The Hall of Famer kicked off R3 with bogey-5 and squared another 5 at the 11th, but outpaced those with circles at 3, 6 and 12. It took 66 holes for him to reach red numbers, adding one more for the good with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 18th.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 02:15:00 PM

Following a tough loss at The 145th Open, Phil Mickelson turns his attention to Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course for this week's PGA Championship, the same venue that yielded him a Wanamaker Trophy back in 2005.

Lefty opened the 2005 edition with rounds of 67-65 and cruised home with 72-72 on his way to a 4-under 276 victory (Monday finish due to weather). He bested Thomas Bjorn and Steve Elkington by just one stroke that year. It would go in the books as his first (and still only) PGA Championship win. Despite just one win, he boasts a 22-for-23 record with nine top 10s at the PGA. We know the course sets up well for Mickelson based on that 2005 victory, but the question mark lies in his ability to rebound from a heart-breaking loss at The Open two weeks ago. Despite beating third-place J.B. Holmes by 11 strokes, Lefty finished three strokes shy of the winner, Henrik Stenson. That kind of loss could certainly take its toll on a golfer. However, with four podium finishes on the season, the 46-year-old is aging rather gracefully and should still be squarely on the radar for gamers this week.
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 09:43:00 PM

Phil Mickelson molded out a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-33=65 during the finale of The 145th Open but it wasn't enough at 17-under 267 as Henrik Stenson fired a 63 to post three better.

Lefty just has to tip his binder-clipped cap to Stenson because Mickelson did all you could ask for, posting a blemish-free 6-under in the final round of a major championship. The duo had recent history at The Open as Mickelson won the 2013 edition with Stenson finishing three strokes behind in second place. The script was flipped this time around. During today's round Lefty picked up two birdies and a mid-range eagle at the par-5 fourth before making the turn. On the week he played the outward nine bogey-free at 12-under. He picked up two extra birdies on the back nine to separate himself from third place by 11 strokes but it wasn't enough to hoist the Claret Jug. This runner-up finish is the 11th in a major championship for the 46-year-old, making his 96th start in a major this week. This finish is the sixth top 10 of the season for Mickelson, but he remains in search of his first victory on the PGA TOUR since the 2013 Open at Muirfield.
Sun, Jul 17, 2016 01:56:00 PM

Overnight leader Phil Mickelson grinded out a 1-under-par 35-35=70 during round three of The 145th Open, positioning himself at 11-under 202, just one off the 54-hole leader and playing partner Henrik Stenson.

Lefty was a bit loose today, tee-to-green. After finding 21 (of 28) fairways (75%) in rounds one and two, he split just eight today (57 percent). His inaccuracy off the tee snowballed into tough approach shots, forcing him to lean on the infamous Mickelson short game. That's exactly what he did, saving par multiple times from long distance and scrambling from difficult situations throughout the day. Lefty really squeezed the most juice out of this round, considering the ball-striking he was working with. After posting up at the top of the leaderboard in rounds one and two, the hunted will become the hunter in tomorrow's finale, as Mickelson sits one shot off the leader, Henrik Stenson. The two horses will go off in the final group on Sunday, for a second straight day. The duo has some recent history at The Open as Stenson finished runner-up in the 2013 edition held at Muirfield, three strokes off the number Mickelson posted on his way to victory.
Sat, Jul 16, 2016 02:41:00 PM

Overnight leader and past champ Phil Mickelson tacked on a 2-under-par 33-36=69 in the second round of the 145th Open Championship to post 10-under 132, good for the early 36-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Mickelson leads Henrik Stenson by one shot and is three clear of Soren Kjeldsen and Keegan Bradley. His 132 is a new 36-hole record at Royal Troon, previously 133 by two players

The 2013 champ (Muirfield) opened his 21st appearance with a course-record, bogey-free 63, besting the previous mark of 64 by Greg Norman and most recently, Tiger Woods in 1997. He slept on a three-stroke advantage over two players and was his second lead/co-lead this season (17 starts), having paced the AT&T Pebble Beach after 54 holes, eventually finishing second. The Hall of Famer opened his scoring today with birdie-4 at the fourth and added back-to-backs at 7 and 8 to turn blemish-free 3-under. He squared his first bogey of the week at the 12th and exchanged birdie-2 at 14 with a bogey at the par-4 15th the rest of the way. The 42-time TOUR winner is in search of his first victory since the 2013 Open and his sixth overall major title.
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 08:26:00 AM

Phil Mickelson dismantled Royal Troon Golf Club en route to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-31=63 during round one of The 145th Open, grabbing the early lead and tying the major championship scoring record.

Making his third appearance at Royal Troon Golf Club, Lefty continues to love the layout. He posted a T24 in 1997, it was his first top 25 at The Open (on his fifth try). Then he returned in 2004 to post a solo third-place finish, his first top 10 at an Open Championship. With an Open victory now on his resume, he's moved on to scoring records. The lefty had his ball-striking dialed in from the get-go, splitting 11 (of 14) fairways and landing 16 greens in regulation. He opened up the day with alternating par-birdie combos until the 12th hole. The trend may have stopped there but the scoring didn't, closing his round with circles in three of his last five and nearly four as the final putt lipped out. With this 63, he joins eight others who have turned the trick at the Open Champpionship, most recently Rory McIlroy in 2010. This is just the 28th round of 63 in major championship history and easily beats his previous best at The Open (66, 3 times).
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 01:29:00 PM