Phil Mickelson’s Open Career | Chronicles of a Champion Golfer


Prior to 2004, it is fair to say few people would have marked Phil Mickelson down as a future Open Champion, not even the man himself.

However, the year that featured Mickelson’s long-awaited first major triumph at The Masters, was also notable for a significant breakthrough at golf’s original Championship.

Although ‘Lefty’ registered a remarkable 17 top-10 finishes in majors prior to his first success at Augusta, not a single one of those came in The Open.

Mickelson may have been enamoured by the unique challenge of links golf, having grown up idolising three-time Champion Golfer of the Year Seve Ballesteros, but he initially found his own game ill-suited to conditions on the coasts of the British Isles.

“It wasn’t until I was in high school, and I remember watching Seve get really excited (at St Andrews in 1984), that I started having dreams of winning The Open Championship,” recalled Mickelson in his Chronicles of a Champion Golfer film.

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9 thoughts on “Phil Mickelson’s Open Career | Chronicles of a Champion Golfer

  1. He's been my favorite player to watch since I was eight years old (I'm 25 now).
    Never would've been interested in golf if the 2004 Masters wasn't in the background while I was playing a couple games.
    I think the best part about Phil is he never hits fairways, but nobody cares, because he can still make par from anywhere.
    (Let's also not forget Phil posted -17 at the 2016 Open at age 46.)

  2. Phil has been my favorite golfer since January 1994 when he beat Fred Couples in a play-off at La Costa, and I could write a book about the ups and downs of rooting for him all these years.

    I was never more proud of Phil than when he culminated a glorious fortnight in Scotland by winning his first Open Championship. It was the way he did it, and the style and grace he conducted himself, and the way the British embraced him as a true champion. It will live in my memory forever.

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