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American athlete Phil Mickelson began golfing as soon as he could walk, and is now one of the foremost successful golfers in the world.
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That same year, Mickelson defended his fifth career title at the Northern Trust Open, finishing 2-1-1 in consecutive seasons. At the WGC-CA Championship at Doral, he beat Nick Watney for the title. At the 2009 Masters Tournament, he was paired with Tiger Woods in the final round, and ultimately placed fifth.
The following season marked a 40-year-old Mickelson's 18th year on the PGA Tour,
but it wouldn't start out a victorious one. He managed just one top-10 in his first seven starts. Then, in April 2010, Mickelson beat Lee Westwood with a 16-under-par performance for the Masters Tournament title.
In 2012, Mickelson finished T-65th at the U.S. Open and tied for third place at the Masters Tournament. The following year, he suffered a heartbreaking loss at the 2013 U.S. Open, despite having a one-stroke lead after the first three rounds, ultimately tying for second place with South African player Justin Rose.
The following year, Mickelson scored a tremendous victory at the British Open. He excelled in the Open's final round, surging past Tiger Woods and the others on the scoreboard. After his victory, Mickelson shared his triumph with ESPN. "I've had some of the best golf I've ever played today. It will be one of the most memorable rounds of golf I've ever played."
Mickelson is married to Amy McBride, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. The couple has three children: Amanda, Sophia and Evan.
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