Driving it Home With Phil Mickelson

            This will be the final post I do on this blog about Phil Mickelson. It was very easy to find information about Phil but it wasn’t the easiest thing to come up with topics to write about in some of my posts.

            One thing I learned through writing this blog is being able to come up with topics to talk about in the posts. Surprisingly, once I found a topic to write about it was fairly easy to find sources that I could use. For example, the biography post, I was able to find unending information about him and his family and all the information about and the things he did before he became a pro.

            Another thing that I learned about my subject is that Phil was one generous guy. Throughout a lot of my readings about him a majority of them talked about how he gave money to charity. It astonished me that all the sites where I found information about him talked about his generosity. He gave to his own charities that he created and others that he feels needed the money.

            One of the harder things about writing the blog was finding topics to talk about that would fit. It took me a while to come up with ideas, and then some of them did not work out so I had to think of another topic. The toughest post was probably the one where I talked about how a person could become a member of the PGA.

            Also coming up with enough words for the post was difficult. Even though each of the posts I wrote I had enough words I still struggled to meet the minimum number of words. You would probably think, how did I have a hard time coming up with enough words with all the information recorded about Phil.

            One of the rewarding things that I learned was being able to tell if a source was credible or not. I never really knew what sources were credible and which ones weren’t. Since there were so many sites about Phil, I was able to decide if they were credible or not. I had a few that I could not use because they weren’t credible enough.

            What I also find rewarding from writing this blog is being able to write to a bigger audience. It’s weird to know that it’s out there for the entire world to see what I wrote about Phil.

            This post is my last and it is a wrap up of all my posts and what I leaned about blogging. Thanks to anyone that has read my posts.

Photo Source:

N.d. Photograph. Flickr. Flickr, 5 Sept. 2010. Web. 19 Dec. 2012. http://www.flickr.com/photos/gammaman/4964741554/sizes/n/in/photostream/.
 

Phil’s Greatest Achievements

            In this post I will be talking about what I think are some of Phil Mickelson’s greatest accomplishments. His achievements are in order by the research I have done about him.

            One of the least but also great accomplishments about Phil is that he gives money to charity. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, he is very generous with his money, giving to some of his own charities that he has started and others he feels would benefit from the money. He has given roughly $1,000,000 to different charities that mostly benefit children whose parents have died or were injured in war. This is very cool to me that he gives lots of his money to children that are in need.

            The reason why he can donate to charity is because he has made $67,644,698 in his entire career. He is ranked number eight on the career money list for the PGA Tour. He has made a lot of money during his career, seeing that a person working at Burger King makes roughly $11,000 yearly. Some people think that in golf you can’t make that much money but it goes to show if you practice to become better player it will pay off.

            One of Phil’s greater accomplishments is that he can beat Tiger Woods, which many pro golfers are not able to do. Stifler states that “They are a very equal and balanced match; their record when they go against each other is 13-13-4” (Stifler). Phil is one of the very few members of the PGA that are good enough to be able to beat Tiger Woods.

            The second best achievement that Phil has done is winning 40 PGA events. Phil has won a wide variety of different PGA events, including; FedEx Cup, U.S. Open, Challenge Tour, and many more. Phil is tied in 9th place with his 40 PGA wins. Phil says that “I feel like I’m slowly getting better and my touch and feel and shotmaking are slowly coming back” (Wall).

            Phil’s greatest achievement that Phil has ever done is winning 4 major tournaments. He won The Masters in 2004, 2006, and 2010, he also won the PGA Championship in 2005. He won a total of $4,897,000 in just these 4 major tournaments. Hopefully Phil will be able to win one more major championship before he retires. While Phil was at one of these tournaments he said “It’s a great test of golf, because the wonderful thing about Kiawah here is that if you hit a good shot, you’re rewarded” (Bissell)

            As you have seen, over Phil’s entire career as a golfer he has some outstanding accomplishments. He has made a lot of money and has a great family and gives his money wisely to children in need.

Bissell, Kathy. “Phil Mickelson: Reaction to Lefty’s PGA Championship Performance.” Bleacher Report. N.p., 12 Aug. 2012. Web. 13 Dec. 2012.

Wall, Johnathan. “Incredible Short Game Keeps Phil Mickelson in the Mix at the PGA Championship.” Yahoo! Sports. N.p., 10 Aug. 2012. Web. 13 Dec. 2012.

Stifler, Edward. “Is Phil Mickelson a Bigger Star than Tiger Woods Now?” Bettor.com.            N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2012.

N.d. Photograph. Flickr. Flickr, 27 Oct. 2007. Web. 13 Dec. 2012. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nostalgic_fordisaster/2004269114/sizes/l/.

Greatest Rival of All Time

            I chose to write about the greatest rival ever in golf and that is Phil Mickelson Vs Tiger Woods. The PGA couldn’t find a match for Tiger because he was just too good, until they found Phil. He was the closest match they could find to compete against Tiger. I found two sources to help me compare and contrast the two golfers: golfchannel.com and blogs.bettor.com.

            In a post about if Phil is a bigger star than Tiger, Stifler stats that “If Woods wants to regain his lost glory, he must display good performances in most of the tournaments” (Stifler). He also talks about how Phil is just as good of a golfer as Woods and that if Tiger wants to stay number one he will have to perform at his best to come out and beat Mickelson. If Tiger has a bad day Phil will most likely beat him unless he also is having a bad day. Stifler thinks that these are a very equal and balanced match; their record when they go against each other is 13-13-4.

            In an interview with Phil, when he is getting inducted into the Hall of Fame, it talks about how Phil is a more of an “emotional” guy than Tiger. Woods is more of a self-centered person than Phil because Phil gives lots of money to different charities. He gives lots of money but yet he still has lots of money for himself. Mickelson also if more thankful than Tiger because in his speech he thanks his caddy Jim Mackay and his manager Steve Loy where as Tiger did not give any recognition to any of the people that made him get that far.

            Some similarities between both of these sources are that they both think that Tiger and Phil are a very equal match and this shows again why they are 13-13-4 against each other. Stifler also stats that “The former world number one Woods is not delivering his best these days and is risking his popularity and ratings” (Stifler).

            Even though they think that Tiger and Phil are a good match they sometimes can be totally different. One source believes that Tiger is overall a better golfer but the other says just the opposite. Even though blogs.bettor.com says that “It has almost been three years since Woods has not claimed a victory that can improve his position in his world rankings” (Stifler).

            I think that overall Tiger is a better golfer than Phil, even though Phil is more interesting to watch. I also really like how Phil gives some of his earnings to charities, which is really cool to me. Overall Tiger is better but Phil is much more fun to watch.

Stifler, Edward. “Is Phil Mickelson a Bigger Star than Tiger Woods Now?” Bettor.com.            N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2012.

N.d. Photograph. Flickr. Flickr, 14 June 2010. Web. 7 Dec. 2012. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/secret_in_the_dirt/4702645836/sizes/o/&gt;.

How to become a golfer in the PGA

           Since Phil Mickelson is on the PGA I am going to tell you most of the requirements that are needed to become a player in the PGA.

            If you have ever picked up a golf club, you might have wondered how a golfer gets on the PGA Tour. To play as a member on the PGA Tour, a player must have a PGA Tour card. You earn a PGA Tour card by first being over the age of 18. If you are young, the most likely opportunity for you to play in a non-major would come by a sponsor’s invitation. You can never be too old to be in the PGA. During the Buick Invitational Jerry Barber became the oldest man to ever play in a PGA Tour event. Barber was 77 years, 10 months and nine days old, and he died seven months later.

            The second step to becoming a PGA member is being in the top 25 in the PGA Qualifying Tournament. If you are an amateur, you must have a handicap index of at least two and must present a handicap card to participate in the Tournament. This Tournament is often referred to as Q-School or QualifyingSchool. To attend the PGA Qualifying Tournament, you must submit an application and pay your entry fee to the PGA Tour. The Tour is held annually in late fall.

            Thirdly, to be exempt from going to Q-School and going straight in the PGA, you can finish in the top 25 on the Nationwide money list for the year or winning three Nationwide Tour Tournaments in a season. There are also several other eligibility categories such as; former Major champions, former multiple Tournament winners, top 50 in lifetime career earnings and conditional status for those golfers who finished 126 to 150 on the money list the previous year.

            Fourth, you must compete in each of the four qualifying rounds. Pre-Qualifying consists of 52 holes. The first and second qualifying stages consist of 72 holes each. If you are good enough and make it to the last and final qualifying stage you must play 108 holes. The field size will be approximately 156 players plus ties from the Second Qualifying Stage.

            Lastly, if a golfer makes it to the final round in QualifyingSchool, but does not make the PGA Tour, he is eligible for the Nationwide Tour. Players on the Nationwide Tour can also obtain a card by finishing in the top 25 on the money list for the year or earning a “Battlefield Promotion” by winning three Nationwide Tour events in a season.

            If you want to become a golfer on the PGA you now know the major steps that are required for current members that are on the PGA now had to go through and how you can be on T.V. with Phil Mickelson!

 Picture Credit:

N.d. Photograph. Flickr. Flickr, 11 Apr. 2010. Web. 2 Dec. 2012. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/secret_in_the_dirt/4513018067/sizes/o/in/photostream/&gt;.

Mickelson Misses Million-Dollar Shot

On October 15, 2012, at the Monday Night Football Game at the Chargers-Broncos game Mickelson had a chance to win $1 million for KPMG Chip4Charity. As Gabe Zaldivar explained:

“Lefty had one shot to make a stadium of football fans extremely happy, and he failed. The shame will be with him for at least a few more moments before he realizes it was all in good fun.”

Phil had a difficult challenge ahead of him when he went into this. He knew right away that this wasn’t going to be a walk in the park, even though it was only 100 yards. The money that Phil won would go to his choice of charity, FirstBook. This organization gives books to children that are less fortunate and in need of books. As of right now, these books are going to children who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Mickelson hit the green target which earned him $50,000 (20,000 books). He bombs the soft lob well over the target and a chorus of boos greets the golfer. In the end, Mickelson still earned $50,000 for the organization, and did so while thousands were screaming at him. If Mickelson was more accurate the charity could have received up to $100,000 (40,000 books) and if he hit the bulls-eye it would mean $1 million (400,000 books).

“This is an amazing experience,” Mickelson said. “In golf, we don’t get this. The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale has nothing on this. This was awesome, seeing the Jumbotron with my picture, as I’m looking up taking the shot, that was unique. That was something that was pretty cool.”

The boos may have had some karma, because the hometown Chargers came out of halftime, giving opportunity for Peyton Manning and the rest of the Broncos to a come-from-behind victory, 35-24. Never boo a man who is doing charity work, because you will end up losing the football game. At least, that’s how I imagine it.

Dee, Mark. “Phil Mickelson Misses Million-dollar Shot at Halftime of Chargers Game.” Phil Mickelson Misses Million-dollar Shot at Halftime of Chargers Game. Sports Illustrated, 15 Oct. 2012. Web. 15 Nov. 2012. <http://blogs.golf.com/presstent/2012/10/phil-mickelson-makes-50000-for-charity-with-gridiron-wedge-shot.html&gt;.

Who is Phil Mickelson?

 

    Philip Alfred Mickelson, born on June 16, 1970, is an American professional golfer. He has won four major championships and a total of 40 events on the PGA Tour. Phil is nicknamed “Lefty” because he is left-handed, otherwise he is right-handed. He was elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame in November 2011.

     Phil and his wife Amy (born in 1972) have 3 young kids; Amanda who was born in 1999, Sophia who was born in 2001 and Evan who was born in 2003. Phil is 6′ 3” and 200 lbs. He lives in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Phil went to Arizona State University and turned pro in 1992. Mickelson was born in San Diego, California, and was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mickelson watched his father play and mirrored his swing since Mickelson is a lefty and his father was a right-handed. Phil started golf before he was even in school. Since his father, Phil Mickelson Sr. was a pilot they played golf several times a week and were able to practice their short game right in their backyard. He later graduated from the University of San Diego High School in 1988. Phil went to college at Arizona State University on a golf scholarship and graduated in 1992. While he was at ASU he became an amateur golfer in the US, with three NCAA individual championships and three awards. Mickelson was the first left-handed golfer to win the US Amateur title and at age 20 he won his first PGA Tour event. So far no one has beat this achievement.

     Mickelson turned pro in 1992 after his graduation from ASU. He was able to be become pro early because of his win in Tucson. Mickelson’s lowest score for 18 holes was at Poipu Bay Golf Course in Hawaii where he shot a score of 59. Phil has been ranked in the top 10 every year since 1996. On October 15, 2012 USA TODAY stated that “All that stood between $1 million and Phil Mickelson was 100 yards” (DiMeglio) During halftime at the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos Monday Night Football game Phil had to hit a shot from 100 yards within 5 feet of the hole. He went long on his shot but still earned $50,000 that bought 20,000 books for a non-profit organization that gives these books to children in need. Phil explained that “My wife, Amy, and I fell strongly that literacy and education are critical to the future success of today’s youth” (DiMeglio).

Sources:

DiMeglio, Steve. “Mickelson Misses $1 Million Target, Earns $50,000.” USA Today.Gannett, 16 Oct. 2012. Web. 12 Nov. 2012. http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2012/10/15/phil-mickelson-chargers-kpmg/1635633/.

N.d. Photograph. Flickr. Flickr, 4 May 2011. Web. 12 Nov. 2012. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/zzazazz/5688393965/sizes/l/in/photostream/&gt;.

Why Phil Mickelson?

This blog will be about the lefty, pro golfer, Phil Mickelson. I will inform you about his accomplishments, winnings, how much money he makes, family, and much much more.

I chose to make a blog about Phil Mickelson because he is one of the few lefties on the PGA tour (Professional Golfers Association). When I watch the golf channel on TV I really like to watch him because he has a very good swing. I can learn a lot from him because I also golf so I can learn a lot from him and his swing. He has a great swing, I think, and I admire him and try to be like him when I golf.

I would like to give you a brief summary of his family and some of the major achievements and accomplishments he had. Phil was born on June 16, 1970 in San Diego and now lives in Rancho Santa Fe, California. He is 6′ 3″ and 200 lbs. Mickelson has 3 children; Amanda, Sophia, Evan, and his wife’s name is Amy. He has a total of 48 professional wins with 40 PGA tour wins, 7 European tour wins, 1 Challenge tour win. Mickelson was elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame in November 2011.

Later on in this blog I will be talking more in-depth about Phil’s life and his family. I will also talk about his winnings and tournaments later on. There is so much that I have already learned about Phil Mickelson and I am excited that I get to share some of the more in-depth things about his life. I have a lot more that I can learn about him yet so I will be able to talk more and more about new things that have happened. Hopefully you have learned a little bit about him already and I will inform you more in-depth later on.