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Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson,

Perhaps not since Arnold Palmer has there been a fan favorite to equal Phil Mickelson. Uploaded by

O Phil Mickelson, how many times have we watched as you lined up to attempt a ridiculous shot, going for the ten percent chance instead of laying up and losing the one stroke? And when you fail miserably, we shout at our televisions that you’re an idiot. And when you succeed — and you succeed as often as you fail — we shout, “Attaboy, Phil! You are one crazy good golfing sumbitch!” (You may use slightly different language.)

Phil Mickelson,

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Seems like Phil is almost always the second-best player at any given time. For a long while, he struggled to get out of the shadow of Tiger Woods, only to find himself behind some Eurotwerp. (Yeah, Sergio, talking ’bout you!) So we were delighted as golf fans when Phil shed that hated moniker “Best player never to have won a major.” Now he’s done quite nicely for himself: He won the Masters in 2004, 2006, and 2010, and the PGA Championship in 2005. Not to mention five second-place finishes in the US Open and one in the British. And 41 total events on the tour, but that’s only money. Lots and lots of money.

America loves “Lefty,” his family, his smile, his connection to the gallery. His many accomplishments led to his induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.

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