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Athlon Counts Down the 20 Golfers to Watch for Majors Season
They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2013 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 20 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.
No. 8: Phil Mickelson
Born: June 16, 1970, San Diego, Calif. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 41 | 2012 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2012 Earnings (PGA Tour): $4,203,821 (8th) | World Ranking: 10
Brandel Chamblee's Take
Lefty has won in every year but two since 1993, and even though he doesn’t have the length that he used to, he still has more ability to produce magic than all but a few players in the world. His best bet to win is at Augusta National, where he has three wins and nine top 5s since 1999, including a third-place finish there last year. At 42, he doesn’t have many great years left, but it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if he won another major before he was done.
Major Championship Résumé
Masters - T3
U.S. Open - T65
British Open - Cut
PGA Championship - T36
Best Career Finishes:
Masters - 1 (2004, 2006, 2010)
U.S. Open - 2/T2 (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009)
British Open - T2 (2011)
PGA Championship - 1 (2005)
Top-10 Finishes: 33
Top-25 Finishes: 45
Missed Cuts: 8
Athlon's 2013 Golf annual provides in-depth previews of this year's four majors, including the top 20 players to watch this season. One of these elite players, reigning FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker, also takes you tee to green with full-swing instruction and short game essentials. BUY IT NOW.