Phil Mickelson Net Worth 2020, Biography, Early Life, Education, Career and Achievement
Phil Mickelson Net Worth – Phil Mickelson is an American professional golfer who is affectionately known as “Lefty” because of his unusual left arm swing despite being right-handed. He is one of the most highly accomplished golfers with 42 PGA titles which includes three Masters titles.
Early Life, Family and Education:
Philip Alfred Mickelson popularly known as Phil Mickelson was born on the 16th day of June 1970 to father – Philip Mickelson, a former naval aviator and an airline pilot and mother – Mary Mickelson. Phil was brought up in Scottsdale, Arizona. His interest in golf was triggered as soon as he started walking, a 3-year-old Phil was seen regularly, running from home on his way to the golf course.
In his teens, he was already in the amateur golfing games. He recorded 34 wins in the San Diego Junior Golf Association titles where he had to use his father’s job as a pilot to score tickets to his various tournaments. Even his mum had to take up a second job to be able to assist him in paying for his American Junior Golf Association play, where he won the AJGA Rolex Player of the Year awards three consecutive times and also, he bagged a full scholarship to Arizona State University.
The renowned golfer, Phil Mickelson, was born into the family of a former naval aviator and a commercial airline pilot Philip Mickelson Sr who tutored him in golfing in his early days and Mary Mickelson (nee Santos), his mother.
Phil and Amy McBride are married with three kid. Sophia, Evan and Amanda but unfortunately, Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.
The birth of his daughter was a significant event in the life of the golfer, according to Phil, he was ready to forfeit his playoff hole with Payne Stewart in order to witness the birth of his daughter. He also said that the U.S Open is a yearly occurrence, but the birth of his daughter is an experience to cherish forever. Phil completed the tournament with Stewart and was able to witness the birth of his daughter nine hours later.
Phil started his golfing lessons at home under the tutelage of his father even before he started school. As a commercial pilot, Phil’s father worked shifts which gave him ample opportunity to tutor his son in golf many times in a week and on an extensive practice area in their San Diego backyard, young Phil sharpened his golfing skills. Even though he was right-handed, he got used to swinging with the left hand because he watches his father do the same thing. He eventually became the first left handed swinger to win the US Amateur title in 1990.
Phil graduated from San Diego High School in 1998 and later proceeded to the Arizona State University in Tempe through a scholarship which he won via the golf games and consequently, he became the face of amateur golf in the US and was able to capture three individual championships and also three Haskins Awards (1991 to 1993) as a distinguished collegiate golfer.
The celebrity golfer has three individual NCAA championship to his credit, a record which he shares with another veteran golfer Ben Crenshaw. In 1990, Phil Mickelson led the Sun Devils to the NCAA title and won 16 tournaments through the course of his collegiate career.
Phil bagged the major championship for the first time in his thirteenth years on the PGA Tour in 2004, he grabbed the victory in the masters with an 18-foot (5.5) birdie putt on the final hole. His runner-up at a stroke back was Ernie Els. The two veterans played in different duos in the concluding round and traded eagles and birdies on back nine.
Phil Mickelson is ranked as the third golf player with a left-handed swing to win a major, a feat which he shares with Sir Bob Charles a New Zealander who bagged The Open Championship in 1993. Another left-handed swinger is the Canadian Mike Weir who won The Masters in the year 2003. The fact that Weir is right handed but can effectively swing with his left hand makes him more similar to Phil than the others. The fourth left-handed swinger is the renowned Bubba Watson who is a natural southpaw. Watson bagged the Masters championship in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
He has earned $665 million, most of it from sponsorships, since turning professional in 1996. He has made $83 million in prize money which is the second highest ever after rival Tiger Woods.
Phil Mickelson’s current net worth in 2017 is $365 million. His salary comprising of winnings was totalled at $3.5 million in 2017.
He is paid $43.5 million annually and currently ranks at #50 in the Forbes “The World’s Highest Paid Celebrities” list. He ranks #12 among athletes.
As expected, Mickelson has some of the biggest names for sponsors. His endorsement partners include Callaway, Intrepid Financial Partners, KPMG, Exxon Mobil, Rolex, Grayhawk, Greenbrier, and Amgen.
He recently parted with his sponsor of 9 years, Barclays replacing them with Intrepid Financial Partners.
In 2010, Mickelson was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and was treated with the psoriatic arthritis drug Enbrel. He then signed a deal with Amgen to promote the drug Enbrel for it to be used in medical treatment and spreading awareness.