FESJC Field Grows Stronger As "Lefty" Commits

FESJC Field Grows Stronger As "Lefty" Commits

Phil Mickelson is currently 6th on the money list.
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Memphis, TN -- Phil Mickelson, whose daring shot-making skill and engaging personality have made him a favorite of golf galleries worldwide, has committed to play in the FedEx St. Jude Classic, June 3-9, at TPC Southwind.

The four-time winner of major championships, including three Masters Tournaments, and recent inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame, will be making his third appearance in the FESJC and first since 2009.

“What can you say that hasn’t already been said about Phil Mickelson,” said FESJC tournament director Phil Cannon. “He’s one of the all-time greats in our sport, and we’re ecstatic that he’s chosen to play our tournament again.”

The 43-year-old Mickelson, who plays golf left-handed but is otherwise right-handed, has won 41 PGA TOUR events, and is second on golf’s career money list with about $70 million in earnings.

His career seemed destined for greatness from the time he won the boys (9-10-year-old) division Junior World Golf Championship. Along the way there were three consecutive NCAA individual championships at Arizona State. In 1990, he became the first left-hander to win the United States Amateur Championship.

Mickelson’s first TOUR win was in 1991 at age 20 when, as an amateur, he won the Northern Telecom Open. His Masters titles were in 2004, 2006 and 2010. His other major was the 2006 U. S. Open at Winged Foot. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.

As an aggressive long-hitter with a highly creative and imaginative short game, the popular ‘Lefty’ has endeared himself to fans with his effervescent personality and go-for-broke style. Fans have celebrated his often incredible shots and winced with bewilderment when similar attempts at key moments have gone astray. But they have learned that anyone in Mickelson’s gallery can expect a rollercoaster of emotional moments and that’s a huge part of his attraction.
In previous trips to Memphis, Mickelson missed the cut in 2001 and finished 59th in 2009, in his return to the TOUR after taking a long break during his wife Amy’s battle with illness.

“Because of his playing style and his personality – and his obvious success -- he has become one of the most popular players on TOUR, and he is a household word wherever golf is played,” Cannon said. “It all adds up to making him one of the most recognizable figures in sports throughout the world, and a true treasure of golf.”

Mickelson’s commitment to the FESJC follows earlier entries by defending champions Dustin Johnson, reigning FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker of Nashville, and colorful Englishman Ian Poulter, whose Ryder Cup performances have earned him the distinction of one of the world’s most inspirational match play teammates.
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