Philip Alfred Mickelson was born on June 16, 1970, in San Diego, California. began an amateur golfing career as a teen. He won 34 San Diego Junior Golf Association titles. Hi graduated from the University of San Diego High School in 1988, and headed to Arizona State University to study psychology. During his time at Arizona State, Mickelson jumped to the top of the national amateur golfing ranks. He won three NCAA individual championships and three Haskins Awards for outstanding collegiate golfer, and became only the second collegiate golfer to earn first team All-American honors all four years.
In 1990, while a junior in college, Mickelson became the first left-hander to win the U.S. Amateur title. That same year, he stunned critics when he won his first PGA Tour tournament as an amateur, becoming the fourth golfer in PGA history to accomplish this feat.
Mickelson earned his bachelor’s degree from ASU after his 1991 win in Tucson. In 1992, on the eve of his 22nd birthday, he turned professional. Mickelson’s first title as a pro came in 1993 at Torrey Pines. The big moment finally came at the 2004 Masters, when the 33-year-old birdied five of the final seven holes, including No. 18, to pull out a one-stroke win over Ernie Els.
Lefty continued adding to his trophy collection with wins at the 2007 Players Championship and the 2009 Tour Championship. At the 2010 Masters, he mounted a strong charge on the back nine of the third round, before pulling away on the final day to earn his third green jacket. Two years later, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Mickelson is one of 12 players in the history of golf to win three of the four majors. He has won every major except the U.S. Open, where he has finished runner-up a record six times.