What is Phil Mickelson's net worth? A look at golfer's endorsements as he becomes oldest major champion at 50
American professional golfer Phil Mickelson, otherwise known as 'Lefty', has become the oldest winner in major championship history after winning his sixth PGA Championship at 50. He broke the record of Julius Boros for being golf's oldest major champion for 53 years. Boros was 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship in San Antonio.
Mickelson was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012. Let us have a look at his net worth.
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Phil Mickelson's early life and career
Mickelson, 50, is an American professional Golfer with loads of accolades to his name. Born to Philip Mickelson (an airline pilot and former naval aviator) and Mary Mickelson on June 16, 1970, in San Diego, California, Mickelson's first encounter with golf was reportedly at the age of 18 months. Otherwise right-handed, he played golf left-handed as he learned by watching his right-handed father swing and earned the name, 'lefty'. Mickelson graduated from University of San Diego High School in 1988 and attended Arizona State University in Tempe on a golf scholarship. Mickelson went on a winning streak after joining college and went on to bag three NCAA individual championships and three Haskins Awards (1990, 1991, 1992) as the outstanding collegiate golfer. With three individual NCAA championships, he holds the record for most individual NCAA championships alongside Ben Crenshaw. Mickelson is one of only five players to win the US Amateur and NCAA Championship title in the same season.
Mickelson won his first PGA tour in January 1991 as an amateur and became the only fourth amateur to win a PGA tournament. He joined the PGA tour in 1992 and finished the 1996 PGA season with his first top-10 world ranking (seventh). Mickelson even went on to rise to number 2 in world rankings in 2001, just behind Tiger Woods, and the professional rivalry between them dominated the sport throughout the decade.
Mickelson has five Major championships, three Masters, one Open and one USPGA Championship to his name. The only Major he has not won is the US Open, in which he has been runner up six times. Mickelson had also appeared (as himself) in a non-speaking role in the movie, 'Tin Cup' (1996), starring Kevin Costner.
Phil Mickelson's family
Mickelson married Amy Mickelson in 1996 and the couple has stayed together since. The duo met at Arizona State University in 1992. While Mickelson was a senior and a college star, Amy was a junior and a cheerleader on the Phoenix Suns NBA Cheerleading squad.
Phil and Amy have three children together — Amanda (22), Sophia (20) and Evan (18). In 2009, Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer, and to take care of his wife, Mickelson put his golfing career on hold over the next several months. Amy won the battle with cancer in 2010.
What is Phil Mickelson's net worth?
Mickelson was the second-highest paid athlete in the United States, earning an income of over $62M, ($53M of which came from endorsements) in 2011. He owns a private jet to get between golf tournaments. Like his father, he is a pilot too. The golfer earns far more from endorsements than tournaments. Some of the major names which Mickelson currently endorses are KPMG, ExxonMobil (Mickelson and wife Amy started a teacher sponsorship fund with the company), Rolex, Workday Inc, Callaway Golf and Mizzen+Main. Mickelson has been previously sponsored by Titleist, Bearing Point, Barclays and Ford.
Mickelson was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 2010 and was treated with Enbrel and began endorsing the drug. In 2015, Mickelson's annual income was estimated at $51M by Forbes. Celebrity Net Worth estimates Mickelson's earnings throughout his career, (through tournaments and endorsements), at over $800M and his net worth at $400M.
In May 2014, the FBI and US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigated Mickelson and his associates for insider trading in Clorox stock, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. Mickelson denied any wrongdoing and the investigation concluded without any charges having found 'no evidence'.