Phil Mickelson is one of golf’s top players in the modern era. Mickelson has won 43 career golf tournaments and five majors. The American golfer has secured major wins in three of the four tournaments and he only lacks a win at the US Open to secure the coveted golf grand slam. The US Open has been a painfully elusive championship for Mickelson. The American has finished second on six different occasions.
The Arizona State alum turned professional in 1992. However, Mickelson had already won his first PGA Tour event when he got his tour card. The golfer won the 1991 Northern Telecom Open as an amateur. It was two years after winning his first tournament that Mickelson secured his second PGA event win. In February 1993, he won the Buick Invitational and it set him on a winning path that continues to this day.
Mickelson’s first major victory took more than eight years to secure after winning his first PGA event as a professional. He won the PGA Tour Championship in 2000 by two strokes over Tiger Woods. Making the victory even more special was the fact that Woods was at the top of his game at the time.
Mickelson won his first Masters in 2004. The golfer’s win at Augusta sparked a three-year period in which he won a major each season. Between 2004 and 2006, Mickelson won a major event each year. He followed that winning streak up by winning The Players Championship and Deutsche Bank Championship in 2007.
In recent years, Mickelson has remained consistent as a golfer. He won the Open Championship in 2013 at Muirfield. In 2018, Mickelson won the WGC-Mexico Championship, defeating Justin Thomas in playoff.
Mickelson’s success on the golf course has made put him second on golf’s all-time top earners list. He has made over $760 million during his career and regularly makes top 10 lists of the world’s highest paid athletes.