Born: 16 June 1970
Birthplace: San Diego, California
Best known as: Winner of the 2004, 2006 and 2010 Masters golf tournaments
Known to golf fans as "Lefty," Phil Mickelson has been one of the Professional Golf Association's most successful players since 1992. Mickelson was still an amateur when he won the PGA's Northern Telecom Open in 1991. He turned pro the next year and in 1996 he stepped into the spotlight by winning four tournaments, including the NEC World Series of Golf. That same year Tiger Woods turned pro, and the two began a competitive rivalry that has continued for many years. Quick to smile and willing to play recklessly challenging shots with his big left-handed swing, Mickelson tends to attract boisterous galleries of fans. His early failures to win one of golf's four major tournaments led to some calling him "the best player never to win a major, but he ended that streak in 2004, when he won The Masters in Augusta, Georgia. He co-authored (with Donald T. Phillips) a memoir of the occasion, titled One Magical Sunday, in 2005. He won a second major, the PGA Championship, in 2005, and again won the Masters in 2006 and 2010.
Extra credit: Phil Mickelson and his wife Amy have three children: Amanda (b. 1999), Sophia (b. 2001) and Evan (b. 2003)... Amy Mickelson underwent treatment for breast cancer in 2009... Phil Mickelson attended Arizona State University... According to the PGA media guide, Mickelson "is right-handed in everything except golf. As his father demonstrated right-handed, he followed along left-handed."
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