Phil Mickelson

For many years, analysts and commentators often described Phil Mickelson as the “best golfer never to win a major”.
Mickelson has invariably performed well, and at major championships in the five years between 1999 and 2003 he finished either as runner-up or in third place on no less than six occasions. He shares a record for the most runner-up finishes in the US Open with four others (along with Bobby Jones, Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus).
Although Mickelson has now won three majors, he is yet to record a victory at the British Open, where his best finish is a third place in 2004 at Royal Troon. His record at the Open has been poor compared to the other majors, and 2004 is currently the only time he has managed to finish in the top 20 at the British Open. Indeed, at Carnoustie in 2007, Mickelson did not manage to make the halfway cut, and he will certainly be looking for a better performance at Royal Birkdale in the 2008 British Open.
Mickelson has won a total of 32 events on the PGA Tour, as well as seven other events. In 2007, he was ranked second on the PGA Tour, with earnings of $5 819 988, while over the course of his career he is ranked third with total earnings of $45 334 026.
Mickelson’s first major triumph came at the Masters in 2004. He claimed the second of his three majors at the 2005 PGA Championship and won the Masters again in 2006, a victory that shot him into a career-best second place in the Official World Golf Rankings, behind Tiger Woods.
Phil Mickelson’s victory at the 2004 Masters made him only the third golfer with a left-handed swing to win a major (in all other walks of life, Mickelson, otherwise known as “Lefty”, is right-handed).