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Phil Mickelson became a professional golfer in 1992 after becaming the first left-hander to win the U.S. Amateur title.
Over the years he has won 37 PGA Tour tournaments. But
inspite of his accomplishments, for many years he was often described as the "best golfer never to win a major".
Mickelson often played well in majors: in the five-year span between 1999 and 2003 he had six second-place or third-place finishes. Mickelson holds the record for the most second-place finishes in U.S. Open history with 5.
Then in 2004 he finally broke through and won The Master's,
the following year in 2005 he won The PGA Championship and
the following year in 2006 he won The Master's again.
According to a Sports Illustrated feature entitled "The Fortunate 50", Mickelson is the second-highest paid athlete in the world, behind Tiger Woods. In 2007, Mickelson earned $62 million,
$53 million of it from endorsements.
Mickelson has spent over 550 weeks (10 years) in the top-10 of
the Official World Golf Rankings, the most by anyone not ranked number one. Since the world rankings were created in the mid 1980's, no player has spent more time inside the top 10 than Mickelson without having reached the top spot.
He said, "My whole career I've been trying to get to No. 1. I just haven't had much success," he admitted. "But this year whether or not Tiger is in the field, I still believe that this is an opportunity for me to compete in majors, to challenge him. I've had some great head-to-head success in the last year or two, and I expect this year with or without him to be one of the best years of my career."
Throughout his career Phil Mickelson has lived in the shadow of Tiger Woods, but last year defeated him three times. Mickelson
continues to strive to become the No. 1 golfer in the world.
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