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 The Latest: Phil the Thrill, even when not in contention

The Latest: Phil the Thrill, even when not in contention

07 Apr 2018 12:14 PM

10:45 a.m.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have begun their third rounds at the Masters and the umbrellas are out at Augusta National.

2018 Masters predictions: Detailed expert picks for Augusta National, Tiger Woods

2018 Masters predictions: Detailed expert picks for Augusta National, Tiger Woods

05 Apr 2018 12:03 PM

2018 Masters predictions: Detailed expert picks for Augusta National, Tiger Woods

Will 40-somethings Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson actually win this year at Augusta National?

 Masters hype unlike any other, mainly because of Tiger Woods

Masters hype unlike any other, mainly because of Tiger Woods

04 Apr 2018 5:38 PM

Blame it on a generation that thinks nothing was ever as great as what just happened.

Maybe it was a tough winter, and nothing melts frigid memories like the sight of azaleas, dogwoods and Rae's Creek. It sure didn't hurt that all the best players, as young as 23-year-old Jon Rahm and ancient as 47-year-old Phil Mickelson, are winning tournaments and hitting their stride.

Less than memorable start for Mickelson and Els, each playing in their 100th major

Less than memorable start for Mickelson and Els, each playing in their 100th major

10 Aug 2017 9:40 PM

What was supposed to be a celebration instead became a disappointment.

Playing in their 100 major championship, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els suffered through a miserable first round of the 99 PGA Championship on Thursday at Quail Hollow Club.

With no rain delays forecast, Phil Mickelson withdraws from U.S. Open

With no rain delays forecast, Phil Mickelson withdraws from U.S. Open

15 Jun 2017 2:04 PM

Phil Mickelson could not overcome this longest of long shots and has withdrawn from the U.S. Open that is now underway at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

Mickelson had hoped that the weather gods would supply a rain delay, allowing him to attend his daughter’s 10 a.m. PDT high school graduation in California and hop a plane that would deposit him in Wisconsin in time for his 2:20 p.m. CDT tee time.

Without the Return of Tiger, a New PGA Tour Season Begins

Without the Return of Tiger, a New PGA Tour Season Begins

13 Oct 2016 2:24 AM

Bill Haas, Max Homa and Harold Varner III have something in common at the Safeway Open.

Another PGA Tour season begins Thursday at Silverado in what was billed as the return of Tiger Woods, right up until the point that Woods decided his game was "vulnerable" and not where it needed to be for him to compete. The announcement at the start of the week spoiled the plans of the Safeway Open to make the golf course — and not the vineyards — the place to be.

Woods to Be Assistant Captain at Presidents Cup

Woods to Be Assistant Captain at Presidents Cup

05 Oct 2016 5:37 PM

Tiger Woods will be at Presidents Cup next year with or without his golf clubs.

U.S. captain Steve Stricker said Wednesday he has chosen Woods, Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and three-time Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples to be his assistants for the matches next year at Liberty National.

Ryder Cup Becoming a Spectacle for All the Wrong Reasons

Ryder Cup Becoming a Spectacle for All the Wrong Reasons

04 Oct 2016 10:49 AM

When players broke away from the PGA of America in 1968 to form what is now the PGA Tour, two properties had to be divided.

The tour took the lucrative World Series of Golf at Firestone.

After tearing it apart, Phil Mickelson lifts U.S. team to Ryder Cup

After tearing it apart, Phil Mickelson lifts U.S. team to Ryder Cup

03 Oct 2016 12:59 PM

Phil Mickelson didn’t win his singles match on Sunday afternoon and he didn’t have to.

Mickelson celebrated like a man who knows how much it hurts to lose this event, and lose it over and over. He has lost it eight times, including the previous three. He wasn’t prepared to lose it again.

Phil Mickelson says US prepared to play their best golf

Phil Mickelson says US prepared to play their best golf

28 Sep 2016 7:07 PM

Two days before the Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson went back 12 years to drive home a point that the Americans are prepared to play their best golf.

And along the way, he disparaged yet another former captain.

 Major Rain: Storms and Majors Don't Mix

Major Rain: Storms and Majors Don't Mix

31 Jul 2016 4:45 PM

Golf and storms don't mix. That's especially the case at Baltusrol.

The last time the PGA Championship was on the A.W. Tillinghast design, thunderstorms forced the tournament to be delayed until Monday. Play resumed the next morning with Phil Mickelson facing a putt on No. 14. Mickelson ended up claiming a one-shot victory with a birdie on the 18th.

Phil Mickelson says a 62 is possible at PGA Championship as rain halts third round

Phil Mickelson says a 62 is possible at PGA Championship as rain halts third round

30 Jul 2016 7:55 PM

Much to his disappointment, Phil Mickelson teed off at 8:55 a.m. EDT on Saturday in the PGA Championship , exactly six hours before the final group of leaders was scheduled to play.

Mickelson said he believed the first 62 in men's major championship history would be recorded this weekend.

 Lefty Chasing the Other Nicklaus Mark

Lefty Chasing the Other Nicklaus Mark

19 Jul 2016 9:47 AM

Tiger Woods isn't the only player chasing Jack Nicklaus in the majors.

So is Phil Mickelson.

Troon Duel an Example to Rest of Sport: Jacklin

Troon Duel an Example to Rest of Sport: Jacklin

18 Jul 2016 4:18 AM

Tony Jacklin won two majors and is Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup captain but he says he has never seen anything like the battle royal between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson at the 145th British Open.

Stenson and Mickelson traded birdie blow after birdie blow in a remarkable final-round slugfest at Royal Troon on Sunday before the 40-year-old Swede emerged victorious over the 46-year-old American.

Here's why Phil Mickelson has a binder clip on his hat at The Open Championship

Here's why Phil Mickelson has a binder clip on his hat at The Open Championship

15 Jul 2016 9:16 AM

Here's why Phil Mickelson has a binder clip on his hat at The Open Championship

Phil Mickelson is a veteran and knows it's key to have the headwear secured in the wind at The Open Championship

 Prayers for Nice as 2nd Round Begins at the British Open

Prayers for Nice as 2nd Round Begins at the British Open

15 Jul 2016 4:38 AM

The French flag was at half-staff after the carnage in Nice, casting a somber mood on the second round of the British Open .

Phil Mickelson began Friday with a three-stroke lead after shooting an 8-under 63 at Royal Troon, nearly becoming the first play to shoot 62 in a major championship. At the 18th hole, a 16-foot birdie putt lipped out of the cup, costing Lefty a truly historic round.

Berger wins at St. Jude for first PGA tour title

Berger wins at St. Jude for first PGA tour title

12 Jun 2016 10:24 PM

Daniel Berger won the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, shooting a 3-under 67 to hold off Phil Mickelson , Steve Stricker and Brooks Koepka by three strokes.

The 23-year-old Floridian had had never been in a final pairing until Sunday. When Mickelson, with his 42 career PGA Tour titles, closed within a stroke, Berger birdied three of his next four holes, highlighted by a 32-foot putt on the par-3 14th that pushed his lead to 13 under.

Berger shoots 69 to keep lead at St. Jude Classic

Berger shoots 69 to keep lead at St. Jude Classic

11 Jun 2016 7:14 PM

Daniel Berger shot a 1-under 69 on a hot, sticky Saturday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, giving him a three-stroke lead over Phil Mickelson , Steve Stricker and D.A. Points .

Berger, the 2014-15 rookie of the year who had led after a round on tour only once before this event back in 2014, now has led consecutive rounds as he looks for his first PGA Tour victory. Berger had four birdies, a bogey and a double bogey to reach 10-under 201.

On Golf: Mickelson's Latest High Risk Is off the Golf Course

On Golf: Mickelson's Latest High Risk Is off the Golf Course

20 May 2016 2:45 AM

Phil Mickelson never saw a shot he didn't think he could hit.

Part of his massive popularity in golf is the high-risk nature with which he attacks the game. When he won his third Masters in 2010, the signature shot was a 6-iron between a gap in the Georgia pines that barely cleared a tiny tributary of Rae's creek and settled 5 feet from the hole.

Struggles continue: Spieth, Lefty miss cut at TPC

Struggles continue: Spieth, Lefty miss cut at TPC

14 May 2016 12:15 PM

Jordan Spieth needed to play his final four holes in 1-under Saturday morning to make the Players Championship cut. Phil Mickelson needed to play his last two in the same score.

Neither one did.

Mickelson Uses Short Game Magic to Make Move at Wells Fargo

Mickelson Uses Short Game Magic to Make Move at Wells Fargo

06 May 2016 3:06 PM

Veteran Phil Mickelson used his short game magic to claw his way within three strokes of clubhouse leader Andrew Loupe in the second round at the Wells Fargo Championship on Friday.

Mickelson, a five-times major champion who needs only to win the U.S. Open next month to complete the elusive career Grand Slam, hit only nine greens in regulation but used his vaunted touch around the greens to piece together a two-under-par 70.

Mickelson misses cut with 'a lot of poor shots'

Mickelson misses cut with 'a lot of poor shots'

08 Apr 2016 9:47 PM

There was nothing to suggest this kind of day was coming for Phil Mickelson .

The three-time Masters champion has seen improvement this year, as he made swing alterations under a new coach. He came to Augusta National primed to make a run at a fourth green jacket and sixth major championship.

U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau embraces being different

U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau embraces being different

05 Apr 2016 8:40 PM

The player generating the most buzz in Phil Mickelson 's practice group Tuesday was not Phil Mickelson. Or major winner Keegan Bradley . Or tragic hero Dustin Johnson.

It was the young'un, Bryson DeChambeau.

McIlroy Begins His Road to the Masters

McIlroy Begins His Road to the Masters

17 Feb 2016 5:10 PM

For Rory McIlroy, the road to the Masters starts on the other side of the country.

McIlroy is playing the Northern Trust Open for the first time because of all he has heard about Riviera. It's the start of a big stretch. McIlroy is playing five of the next six weeks, and he is looking to regain his No. 1 ranking along with completing the career Grand Slam at Augusta.

After All These Years, Riviera Holds Its Own Against Best

After All These Years, Riviera Holds Its Own Against Best

16 Feb 2016 4:40 PM

The PGA Tour at Riviera is must-see TV for Lanny Wadkins because it's personal.

The most prominent nickname for Riviera remains "Hogan's Alley" from when Ben Hogan won three times in two years, capping it off with the 1948 U.S. Open . Wadkins, however, has his own slice of history on the fabled course off Sunset Boulevard.

Mickelson Leaves Pebble With Optimism and Disappointment

Mickelson Leaves Pebble With Optimism and Disappointment

15 Feb 2016 11:23 AM

The 5-foot birdie putt to force a playoff at Pebble Beach spun out of the left edge of the cup, and Phil Mickelson couldn't believe it. He bent over and braced himself, the left hand on his knee and the right hand on top of the putter.

"It never crossed my mind that I wouldn't make that one," he said.

Phil Mickelson takes the lead at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Phil Mickelson takes the lead at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

14 Feb 2016 12:53 AM

Far away from the commotion of the celebrities Saturday at Pebble Beach, the most accomplished star among golfers quietly went about his business.

Mickelson efficiently pieced together a 6-under 66 in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, though it only looked easy on the card. He made birdie on all but one of the par 3s, scrambled for par on half of his holes and wound up with his first 54-hole lead since the 2013 U.S. Open.

Mickelson's Round Stalls, Kang's Does Not

Mickelson's Round Stalls, Kang's Does Not

13 Feb 2016 2:18 AM

The back nine didn't go according to plan for Phil Mickelson during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and the par-3 14th hole at Monterey Peninsula served as the best illustration.

Mickelson's tee shot was a laser that covered the flag, and as it descended toward the green, Mickelson began talking to his golf ball.

Brown Makes His Birdies on Tougher South for Share of Lead

Brown Makes His Birdies on Tougher South for Share of Lead

29 Jan 2016 2:30 AM

The scorecard for Scott Brown was not unusual for the Farmers Insurance Open. After a rugged start, he took advantage of the par 5s and ran off eight birdies over his last 11 holes to grab a share of the lead at Torrey Pines.

Only he did this on the South Course.

Mickelson's Homecoming at Torrey Brings Mixed Memories

Mickelson's Homecoming at Torrey Brings Mixed Memories

27 Jan 2016 6:27 PM

The best thing about Phil Mickelson playing at Torrey Pines is that it's his hometown event on the PGA Tour , and he is treated accordingly.

These days, that might be the only thing that appeals to him.

Jason Dufner shoots 64 to take take two-shot lead in CareerBuilder

Jason Dufner shoots 64 to take take two-shot lead in CareerBuilder

23 Jan 2016 7:10 PM

Jason Dufner birdied seven of his final nine holes Saturday at La Quinta Country Club to take a two-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Dufner finished with an 8-under 64 to reach 23-under 193 with one round left at PGA West's TPC Stadium Course. He opened with a 64 on Thursday on the Nicklaus Tournament Course for a share of the lead and had a 65 on Friday on the Stadium Course to take a one-stroke advantage.

Mickelson's gaffe at the President's Cup was dumber than you think

Mickelson's gaffe at the President's Cup was dumber than you think

09 Oct 2015 10:57 AM

On the seventh tee at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, Mickelson and Johnson were all square in their match against world No. 2 Jason Day and Adam Scott when Mickelson reached into his pocket and pulled out a different model ball than the one he started the match with and swung away.

A few moments later, Mickelson found out he violated the One-Ball Condition of the rules, which states a player must use the same model of golf ball throughout the match that he started with on the first hole. The penalty for this breach is a one-hole adjustment in the match.

Bryson DeChambeau wins U.S. Amateur, joins elite company

Bryson DeChambeau wins U.S. Amateur, joins elite company

23 Aug 2015 9:08 PM

As a youth soccer player, Bryson DeChambeau played goalie so he could have the greatest influence on the game's outcome. In baseball, he wanted to pitch.

Roll your eyes at your own peril. DeChambeau (De-SHAM-bo) possesses the kindness and charisma of Jordan Spieth, and his talent and confidence pushed him to a superior performance at the U.S. Amateur Championship.

A 6-Under Round for Phil Mickelson Bolsters His Presidents Cup Bid

A 6-Under Round for Phil Mickelson Bolsters His Presidents Cup Bid

15 Aug 2015 11:12 PM

Phil Mickelson has never depended on the kindness of Team USA captains, and he does not intend to start now.

Mickelson’s first subpar round of the week not only catapulted him up the leaderboard into a tie for 24th from 61st, but also gave him hope that the payoff for all his hard work would come in time for him to make the United States team for the Presidents Cup in South Korea in October.

Money Game: Phil, Fowler, Spieth Add Spice to PGA Practice

Money Game: Phil, Fowler, Spieth Add Spice to PGA Practice

11 Aug 2015 6:02 PM

Jordan Spieth let out a very large "Whooooooo" after watching the 20-foot putt hit the bottom of the cup.

Sunday on the 18th green at the PGA Championship? Not quite.

Spieth has US Open trophy set for Phil meeting

Spieth has US Open trophy set for Phil meeting

09 Aug 2015 6:29 PM

Jordan Spieth is the best. So is Phil Mickelson , for that matter.

Mickelson, as you know, has six runner-up finishes at the US Open (and no wins). It's all in good fun, though, as Kevin Van Valkenburg pointed out in his piece on Mickelson for ESPN last month .

SHOCKER: Phil Mickelson makes Sunday charge, blows it when something crazy happens

SHOCKER: Phil Mickelson makes Sunday charge, blows it when something crazy happens

20 Jul 2015 9:31 AM

Here's a story we could have written last night: Phil Mickelson, professional golfer, makes an incredible surge from off the first page of the leaderboard on a major Sunday, and falls just short after something weird and unfortunate transpires.

Mickelson was six under on the day, and 10 under for the tournament, when he approached the 17th tee.

British Open live updates: Three tied for lead

British Open live updates: Three tied for lead

20 Jul 2015 8:47 AM

For the first time in more than 25 years, the British Open will be decided on a Monday -- as long as the weather cooperates.

The Old Course at St. Andrews hasn't been totally spared of the rain and wind that plagued it on Friday and Saturday, but the conditions have been favorable so far today.