Phillip Alfred Mickelson was born on June 16, 1970 in San Diego, California. He is the son of Phil Mickelson, Sr. and Mary Mickelson. Mickelson graduated from the University of San Diego High School in 1988. Mickelson went on to Arizona State University on a golf scholarship. He graduated from Arizona State in 1992.
Mickelson’s golf career was very successful at a young age. While at Arizona State, Mickelson became the poster child for amateur golf in America. He captured three NCAA individual championships and three Haskins Awards (1990, 1991, 1992). Mickelson continued to pull in awards and achievements while a college student. However one of his highest acheivements came in 1991 when he won his first PGA Tour event, the Northern Telecom Open. Mickelson became only the sixth player in PGA history to accomplish this feat as an amateur.
Mickelson’s professional career has been just as successful. He has 46 professional wins to his name, including 38 PGA Tour wins. Mickelson has won four major championships as a professional and one World Golf Championship. Mickelson is nicknamed, “Lefty” for his left-handed swing. Even though is is right-handed, he learned to swing by mirroring his father’s right-handed swing. Estimates from Fortune Magazine claim that Mickelson’s income for 2007 was over $51 million with $47 coming from endorsements.
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