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Top 20 Golfers for 2012 Majors: No. 4 Phil Mickelson


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2012 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Throughout the month of March, 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. 4:Phil Mickelson

Born: June 16, 1970, San Diego, Calif. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 40|2011 Wins (Worldwide): 1| 2011 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,763,488 World Ranking: 15

Brandel Chamblee's Take:

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Only eight players in history have won more PGA Tour events than Phil Mickelson, and only 18 golfers have won more majors. The 2012 Hall of Fame inductee will go down as one of the best golfers of all time even if he never wins another event — and given his age (41) and the fact that he was diagnosed with arthritis in 2010, some look at this as the sunset of his career. Putting woes in 2011 gave a stronger voice to his critics, but he still has the length, the right trajectory, the scrambling skills and the savoir faire that make him a threat in any event, and especially the majors.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 77
Wins: 4

2011 Performance:
Masters - T27
U.S. Open - T54
British Open - T2
PGA Championship - T19

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - 1st (2004, 2006, 2010)
U.S. Open - 2nd/T2 (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009)
British Open - T2 (2011)
PGA Championship - 1st (2005)
Top-10 Finishes: 32
Top-25 Finishes: 44
Missed Cuts: 7

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.