Noted as one of the biggest fan favorites on the PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson has succeeded in notching another major title to his repertoire. With 3 of the 4 major championship titles, Phil only lacks the US Open to complete the career grand slam. As we celebrate Phil’s 2013 win of The Open Championship (British Open), let’s take a look at some interesting and fun facts about “Lefty”.
Born Philip Alfred Mickelson on June 16, 1970; parents Phil and Mary Mickelson welcomed their newborn future golf superstar to the world via San Diego, CA. Phil’s currently married to well-known wife Amy who battled through breast cancer as Phil publicly displayed and rallied support for his wife in 2009. Together they have 3 children: daughters Amanda Brynn, Sophia, and son Evan.
From an early age, Phil’s parents knew his purpose. As a pilot Phil’s father was able to provide multiple plane tickets and flight arrangements to allow his son to travel to various junior events. At the age of 3, a scare came to Phil’s parents as “Lefty” had ran away from home. They later found Phil on the golf course squeezing in a practice session. During middle school, when children are preparing baking soda and vinegar volcanoes, or dissecting insects for science projects; Phil chose a different approach to the required educational practice. Seeing an opportunity to combine learn valuable information and complete a school requirement, sixth grader Phil Mickelson tested various golf balls to determine which had the best compression measurements for junior golfers.
In the “Tiger Woods Era” it’s easy for Phil’s accomplishments to take a back seat and be overshadowed. Here are a few examples of little known accomplishments that present Phil Mickelson as a validated golf superstar and able to stand in the ranks of the greats of all time. Phil is the only left-handed golfer to win the U.S. Amateur, and in 1991 became the first left-handed golfer to shoot a sub-par round at Augusta National. Phil is one of only 3 golfers to win the NCAA Championship and U.S. Amateur in the same year. Who are the other two? Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. Phil is one of only 2 golfers to win 3 NCAA individual championships. A feat that neither Tiger nor Jack can claim, as Ben Crenshaw is the only other member of this achievement. In a golf era dominated by new technology and all-time scoring lows, Phil shares 3 tournament course records with a 61 at the 2001 Travelers Championship-TPC Cromwell; 60 at the 2005 FBR Open-TPC Scottsdale; and 63 at the 2006 BellSouth Classic-TPC Sugarloaf. He also owns the outright course record of 62 at the 2005 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AM-SpyGlass Hill.
Still competitive as evident with his 2013 win at the Open Championship, Phil has already been inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. Phil’s golf accomplishments and endorsement deals have according to richbutbroke.com accumulated a net worth of $167,145,000. After lifestyle, taxes, management fees, and various expenses; Phil earns $18,572,500 annually.