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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 23 Phil Mickelson


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 23 Phil Mickelson

Born: June 16, 1970, San Diego, Calif. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 42 | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $2,154,200 | World Ranking: 17

Gary Williams' Take: A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and the second-greatest player of this generation with 42 PGA Tour wins, Mickelson is not done, and 2016 could be an especially fulfilling year for him. He has not won since the 2013 Open Championship despite being so close at the PGA at Valhalla in 2014 and finishing second at the Masters in 2015. Mickelson is supremely motivated by many things as he approaches the age of 46 in June. Winning a fourth Masters to tie Tiger Woods, winning a U.S. Open to complete the career Grand Slam, making the U.S. Olympic team and helping another Ryder Cup team to stop the European dominance in an event he has been a part of since 1995 top his wish list for 2016.

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Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 93
Wins: 5
2015 Performance:
    Masters – T2
    U.S. Open – T64
    British Open – T20
    PGA Championship – T18
Best Career Finishes
    Masters - 1 (2004, ’06, ’10)
    U.S. Open - 2/T2 (1999, 2002, ’04, ’06, ’09, ’13)
    British Open - 1 (2013)
    PGA Championship - 1 (2005)
Top-10 Finishes: 37
Top-25 Finishes: 52
Missed Cuts: 9

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