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ASU in the Pros Series: Phil Mickelson

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Possibly the greatest professional and collegiate golfer of all time??

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Phil Mickelson is one of the most recognizable athletes to ever come out of Arizona State since he graduated in 1992.

He’s considered one of the best collegiate golfers ever, as he became the face of amateur golf in the early 90s while a Sun Devil capturing three NCAA Championships and three Haskin awards.

The best Sun Devil men’s golf ever played was throughout Mickelson’s four years with the program. ASU won two national championships and 18 tournaments overall.

Mickelson didn’t stop at just collegiate tournaments when he was in college, he also won two professional tour events and an amateur event while enrolled at ASU and competed in the low amateur at the 1991 Masters.

Notable Achievements at ASU

• One of only four players to be named first-team All-American for four years

• Won a school record 16 tournaments, including NCAA titles in 1989, 1990 and 1992

• Shot a collegiate career-low 63 in the first round of the 1992 NCAA Championships

• First-team All-Pac-10 from 1989-92

• Pac-10 Player of the Year three times (1990-92)

• Haskins Award winner three times (1990-92)

• Nicklaus Award Winner three times (1990-92)

Where is he now?

In 1992, on the eve of his 22nd birthday, he turned professional. Mickelson's first win as a pro was in 1993 at Torrey Pines. The famed golfer continued to win many PGA Tour tournaments, including the Byron Nelson Golf Classic and the World Series of Golf in 1996.

In 1998, Mickelson won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, followed by the Colonial National Invitation in 2000. He also won the Buick Invitational in 2000, defeating favorite Tiger Woods and ending the golf icon's streak of consecutive tournament victories. His first major championship win came in the 2004 Masters.

Mickelson's 2004 Masters Tournament victory was ranked No. 9 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Most Awesome Sports Moments (of the last 15 years)." In 2007, Forbes magazine estimated his earnings for the year at $42 million — making him one of golf's highest-paid athletes.

In 2013, Mickelson scored a tremendous victory at the British Open. He excelled in the Open's final round, surging past longtime rival Tiger Woods.

Mickelson is one of the best golfers ever, just consider yourself lucky watching him finish out his historic career.

Notable PGA Achievements

• 42 PGA Tour wins

• 5 Major championships: 2004 Masters, 2005 PGA Championship, 2006 Masters, 2010 Masters, 2013 The Open Championship

• 2012- elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame

• Presidents Cup: 1994 (winners), 1996 (winners), 1998, 2000 (winners), 2003 (tie), 2005 (winners), 2007 (winners), 2009 (winners), 2011 (winners), 2013 (winners)

• Ryder Cup: 1995, 1997, 1999 (winners), 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 (winners), 2010, 2012, 2014

• $178.5 million career earnings