Phil Mickelson continued his recent run of good form at the Northern Trust Open in California on Friday shooting a one-under par round of 70 to lead by one at the halfway stage.
Four-time major winner Phil Mickelson entered last week's Pebble Beach tournament without a PGA Tour success since April 2011, but now the American golfer has a chance for his second victory in a week.
The secret to Phil Mickelson's recent successes against longtime rival Tiger Woods could lie with the man who has coached both golf superstars -- Butch Harmon.
Phil Mickelson's rivalry with Tiger Woods has provided some of golf's best stories of the past decade, and that battle for supremacy was renewed at Pebble Beach on Sunday as both sought to re-establish themselves as the PGA Tour's marquee names.
Golf superstar Phil Mickelson and his wife help kids get a head start on school.
The British Open is a sporting event that venerates maturity.
Phil Mickelson was back to his sparkling best ahead of his Masters title defense as he surged to a three-shot victory in the Houston Open Sunday.
Phil Mickelson goes into the final round of the Houston Open in the joint lead after carding a superb bogey-free nine-under-par 63 to equal the Redstone course record.
Phil Mickelson will play an extra tournament in the build-up to his Masters title defense after his worst finish in seven months at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Florida.
Bubba Watson believes he can now challenge golf's top stars after heading off three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson for an emotional victory at Torrey Pines in California on Sunday.
Phil Mickelson and Bill Haas hold a share of the lead after the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, but a disastrous two-over-par 74 left Tiger Woods eight shots off the pace on Saturday.
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Tiger Woods slumped to the worst 54-hole total of his professional career on Saturday, but Phil Mickelson still has plenty of work to do to finally claim his longtime rival's coveted No. 1 golf ranking.
Troubled golfer Tiger Woods has given Phil Mickelson every chance to claim his No. 1 ranking after failing to bounce back from his poor start to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Friday.
KSL sports anchor Rod Zundel is stunned when 77-year-old Norma Clark sinks a putt to win a $10,000 challenge.
Tiger Woods faces two challengers as he bids to retain the world's No. 1 golf ranking for a 271st week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational starting in Ohio on Thursday.
Phil Mickelson's hopes of claiming the world number one spot from Tiger Woods were dashed for the time being after he missed the cut at the Scottish Open in Loch Lomond on Friday.
Phil Mickelson insists that he is concentrating on winning this week's Scottish Open rather than his opportunity to take golf's world number one ranking from rival Tiger Woods.
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Phil Mickelson gets another chance to claim the world number one ranking from Tiger Woods at this week's Colonial tournament in Texas but is trying to put all thoughts of the achievement to the back of his mind.
It is a record that has held firm for 258 weeks but Tiger Woods' reign as the world's best golfer could be nearing an end.
An emotional Phil Mickelson donned the Green Jacket for the third time after a three-shot victory over England's Lee Westwood to claim the Masters crown at Augusta National on Sunday.
Winning the Masters for the third time meant the world for Phil Mickelson, but nothing could beat seeing his wife Amy and three kids waiting by the 18th green after he completed an emotional victory on Sunday.
Phil Mickelson's victory at the 2010 Masters golf tournament presents could send sponsors flocking towards his wholesome family man image in the wake of Tiger Woods many scandals.
Phil Mickelson is well off the pace going into the final round of the Houston Open, ahead of his highly-anticipated showdown with Tiger Woods at golf's first major tournament of the season next week.
Phil Mickelson is to stop using the club which led to allegations by a fellow professional that he was "cheating" in playing with the square-grooved wedge.
Phil Mickelson is hoping to bounce back from a controversial and disappointing start to his 2010 season with a record third successive title at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles this week.
An angry Phil Mickelson hinted at legal action for being accused of "cheating" by fellow PGA Tour professional Scott McCarron.
Phil Mickelson carded a five-under 67 to move into contention in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines then mounted a stout defense against accusations he is "cheating" by using a 20-year-old wedge.
American Scott Piercy made a storming start to the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego with an eight-under-par 64 to take the first round lead in San Diego.
Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Nov. 30. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer. Phil Mickelson started and finished this year with some spectacular golf. He opened 2009 with victories on two of the Tour's best courses, Riviera and Doral, and then at the Masters shot a thrilling final round 67 that didn't quite earn him another green jacket but definitely stole the show. This fall Mickelson twice dusted Tiger Woods on Sunday to nab important trophies -- at the Tour Championship and then more recently at a glittery new World Golf Championship in Shanghai, where Phil dazzled new fans to the game with his good play and good humor.
Phil Mickelson charged past arch-rival Tiger Woods on the back nine of the third round on Saturday to take a two-shot lead at the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai.
The world's top two golfers Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will write another chapter in their compelling rivalry when they tee off in the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai on Thursday.
Mickelson arrived in San Francisco to support her husband during the President's Cup
"It's not easy for them," the golf tournament champ says of his wife and mother, both battling breast cancer
World number two Phil Mickelson has confirmed he will not take part in the British Open, which begins in Turnberry on Thursday.
The untouchable twosome who usually dominate the top of Sports Illustrated's Fortunate 50 list of the top-earning American athletes don't look so untouchable anymore.
American journeyman Lucas Glover denied Phil Mickelson a fairytale victory at the U.S. Open as he kept his nerve to close out a two-shot victory at Bethpage Black on Monday.
Phil Mickelson's biggest victory won't come Monday at the U.S. Open. In fact, it won't even come anywhere close to a golf course.
Phil Mickelson will play the U.S. Open with his wife's cancer battle on his mind. CNN's Larry Smith reports.
"I just start crying," says the PGA pro when he thinks of Amy, who begins treatment July 1
Phil Mickelson fired a two-under par 68 in the first round of the St Jude Classic in Memphis -- his first competitive round since wife Amy was diagnosed with cancer last month.
Augusta finds the right balance -- at last April 13 Finally some fizz returned to the final day of the Masters. Augusta National's decision makers decided that, after years of "Tiger-proofing" the course, they had made it too difficult in recent times -- and killed a lot of the drama.
Phil Mickelson's hopes of a third successive victory on the PGA Tour all but disappeared as he stumbled to a five-over 77 in the first round of the Houston Open.
Phil Mickelson fought off a nasty virus and his co-overnight leader Nick Watney to land the WGC-CA Championship on the Blue Monster Course at Doral.
American duo Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney are four strokes clear of the field going into the final round of the WGC-CA Championship on the Blue Monster Course at Doral, Florida.
World number three Phil Mickelson upstaged Tiger Woods to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the WGC-CA Championship at Doral's Blue Monster course in Florida on Friday.
Phil Mickelson saw a five-shot lead disappear before recovering with two late birdies to successfully defend the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.
Defending champion Phil Mickelson carded a superb nine-under-par 62 to open up a four-stroke lead after the third round of the PGA Northern Trust Open at Riviera.
Defending champion Phil Mickelson returned to form with a vengeance as he took the first round lead at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles with a sparkling eight-under 63.
Tournament star attraction Phil Mickelson endured another miserable day at the FBR Open in Arizona to comfortably miss the halfway cut after a second round 73.
Phil Mickelson is in danger of missing the cut for the first time in his PGA Tour season-opener after slumping to a five-over par 76 at the FBR Open in Arizona.
Tiger Woods has rebuked his caddie Steve Williams over the New Zealander's disparaging remarks about Ryder Cup colleague Phil Mickelson.
Phil Mickelson will not be taking part in the European Tour's lucrative Race to Dubai, the American star confirmed on Tuesday.
World number two Phil Mickelson appeared to rule out becoming a full-time member of the lucrative 2009 European Tour on the eve of his defense of the HSBC Champions title in Shanghai.
World No. 2 Phil Mickelson has revealed that he may join the European Tour if tournaments such as the Singapore Open are added to its calendar.
The United States takes its biggest day one lead in a Ryder Cup in 29 years with a powerful perfomance on Friday.
A hole in one revitalized Phil Mickelson's flaggng challenge in the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond on Friday.
Phil Mickelson has confirmed that he will defend his HSBC Champions title in Shanghai in November alongside Masters champion Trevor Immelman.
World number two Phil Mickelson showed his best form with a superb six-under-par round of 66 to put him a single shot behind leader Kevin Stadler after two rounds of the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai.
Phil Mickelson shot five birdies in a three-under-par 68 to leave himself within two shots of the leaders after the first round of the Singapore Open.
Phil Mickelson has controversially withdrawn from the BMW Championship at Cog Hill this week, ending hopes of another head-to-head with world number one Tiger Woods in the third tournament of the money-spinning FedEx Cup.
Phil Mickelson's return to Beantown was sweeter than he ever imagined.
American Phil Mickelson will play in China for the first time when he travels to Shanghai for this year's HSBC Champions tournament.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- At times Tuesday, it was hard to tell if Phil Mickelson was a promoter for the PGA Tour or a contender for the PGA Championship.
Frenchman Gregory Havret leapt 205 places to 115th in the world rankings issued on Monday after his dramatic weekend victory in the Scottish Open.
When a victorious Phil Mickelson walked off the final green after winning The Players on Sunday, he threw his arm around new coach and said, "First of many, Butch." But things weren't always so warm and fuzzy between instructor Butch Harmon and his new prized pupil. Just four years ago Harmon--who at the time was coaching Tiger Woods--slammed the then-majorless Mickelson, saying he would never win a big title unless he got over his "pathetic" obsession with driving the ball huge distances.
Phil Mickelson was playing so well at the Players last week, and has such a good record at this week's AT&T Classic at TPC Sugarloaf (three W's, last year by 13 strokes), it seemed well within the realm of possibility that the surging lefty might take advantage of a little-used Tour bylaw and parlay his Sawgrass victory Sunday into a late entry for Sugarloaf. How could he lose? It seemed he would be almost guaranteed to prevail, guaranteed to pad his FedEx Cup and World Ranking points, to edge closer to Tiger, to fatten his bank account by another $972,000.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla., May 13 -- It was a two-man race in the final round of The Players on Sunday, but don't believe everything you saw on NBC. Yes, there was Phil Mickelson, the winner of 30 Tour titles, including three majors. There was his caddie, Jim MacKay (a.k.a. Bones). And there was the kid Mickelson was playing against, the 6-foot-2-inch, 165-pound winner of one John Deere Classic, Sean O'Hair (a.k.a. Bonier).
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- In his third week with a new coach, Phil Mickelson suddenly looks as good as ever.
IRVING, Texas -- Phil Mickelson hit nine of 14 fairways, tied for 45th in the 154-man field, during a first-round 69 at the EDS Byron Nelson Classic on Thursday.
Phil Mickelson is changing coaches, saying Monday he will start working with Butch Harmon with hopes of sorting out driver issues that cost him a chance to win the U.S. Open last year at Winged Foot.
New Orleans is known for minting first-time winners, but Nick Watney's slow waltz to victory at the Zurich Classic last weekend contained very little suspense, especially not after last year's heart-stopper by Chris Couch.
I'll get right to the point: I think it's time for Phil Mickelson to make a coaching change from Rick Smith to Butch Harmon. Here's why: Ten months ago Mickelson was on the verge of winning the U.S. Open and making a serious run at knocking Tiger Woods from the top spot in the World Ranking. Now Mickelson is a distant fourth in the ranking and has a horde of whippersnappers gaining on him fast. The cause of the slide? Mickelson's swing is a mess.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- They walked off Augusta National much the way they came on it, two by two, bundled against the cold. Their misery finally over, they trudged into the scorer's shack where the carnage could be tallied.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- On a day when the winds swirled and the greens hardened, Phil Mickelson carried two drivers in his bag to try and better navigate his way around Augusta National.
(AP) -- About the only negative memory Phil Mickelson has of Sunday at the Masters last year was finishing his third round in the morning. The sudden clicks of a camera from the tower over the 18th tee when he was at the top of his swing led to a wild shot and ultimately a bogey that reduced his lead to one shot.
Tiger Woods has changed even the nomenclature of golf. He gave us Tiger Slam, idiomatic for winning four major championships in a row, but not in the same calendar year. And he originated cold-shafting, the term for starting predawn practice rounds without so much as a warmup shot.
THEY READ LIKE HANDWRITTEN notes from a bursting-proud grandmother. "Your beautiful children are very fortunate to have such a loving, devoted father. Congratulations on your life, Phil! You are most deserving."Or like cards that your sister might select from the "Encouragement" rack at the Hallmark store.
Phil Mickelson spectacularly eagled the par-five 17th on his way to a share of the lead with Ireland's Padraig Harrington in the Nissan Open second round on Friday.
Phil Mickelson, usually a fast starter on the PGA Tour, is desperately searching for putting form as he heads to California's picturesque Monterey Peninsula for this week's Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Say this about Phil Mickelson -- he gives good press conference. After four months in hibernation, "Phil the Thrill" finally turned up this week at the Bob Hope Classic, giving us the chance for another installment of "What Phil Was Really Thinking."
Phil Mickelson has admitted he will have to go back to the drawing board after his most intensive preparations yet for a British Open failed to produce the desired results.
Phil Mickelson rebounded from his U.S. Open meltdown with a fine opening round at the Western Open on Thursday but Tiger Woods continued to struggle.
Phil Mickelson rebounded from his final hole flop at last month's U.S. Open with an eagle on his last hole at Cog Hill for a four-under-par 67 that put him one shot off the early lead at the Western Open.
U.S. Masters champion Phil Mickelson, aiming for a remarkable third straight major title, made a fine start to his U.S. Open campaign at Winged Foot with an even par 70.
Phil Mickelson believes strategy rather than power will decide this year's U.S. PGA Championship at the ultra-long Medinah Country Club in Illinois.
Just over two years ago, Phil Mickelson was weighed down with the unwanted tag of being arguably the best player in history not to have won a major championship.
The 70th U.S. Masters is poised for a gripping finish on Sunday with Phil Mickelson holding a slender one-shot lead after the weather-delayed third round.
Phil Mickelson's 13-stroke winning margin in the BellSouth Classic was the largest on the PGA Tour since Tiger Woods clinched the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by 15 strokes.
Holder Phil Mickelson maintained his recent red-hot form by charging to a six-shot lead in the BellSouth Classic second round on Friday.
Phil Mickelson clinched his second major title with a one-shot victory in the weather-delayed U.S. PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on Monday.
Just when Phil Mickelson ignored his idea of parring his way to the U.S. Open title, Pinehurst No. 2 slammed the door on his title dream on Saturday.
Phil Mickelson's U.S. Open hopes suffered a probably terminal blow as he slid to a seven-over-par 77 in the second round at Pinehurst on Friday.
A red-hot Phil Mickelson fired an eight-under-par 64 to grab a share of the first-round lead at the Doral Open as Tiger Woods lurked one shot back.
Phil Mickelson maintained his relentless progress in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, shooting a second successive five-under 67 for an overall 20-under 196 and a lead of nine strokes in California.
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