U.S. Open: Happy birthday Phil Mickelson - 49 years in 49 photos

U.S. Open: Happy birthday Phil Mickelson - 49 years in 49 photos

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U.S. Open: Happy birthday Phil Mickelson - 49 years in 49 photos

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Happy Birthday, Lefty!

Phil Mickelson celebrates his 49th birthday Sunday.

Even the seagulls are thrilled.

Lefty awaits his first-ever U.S. Open championship and the career Grand Slam. He has finished second or tied for second six times in the nation’s golf championship.

He does have five other major titles, three Masters green jackets and 44 PGA Tour victories. His most-recent win came at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this year. He also and sits No. 2 on the all-time PGA Tour money list with $90,486,354. That total puts him a mere $28,059,816 behind Tiger Woods.

The money rundown does not include the $9 million he won playing against Tiger in their match last November in Las Vegas.

Among Mickelson’s many dubious moments in the U.S. Open: an infamous double-putt last year at Shinnecock Hills, a shot off the hospitality tent and into the trees on 18 at Winged Foot in 2006, and his historically poignant one-shot loss to the late Payne Stewart at Pinehurst 20 years ago next week.

It was the loss at Winged Foot that likely still hurts the most. Needing a par on the 18th hole for a one-shot victory, Mickelson hit Peak Lefty and chose driver off the tee. His shot sailed left of the fairway before finding both the tent and the trees.

Never one to lay up. Mickelson aimed for the green with his second shot but found a tree and barely went 50 yards. He eventually carded a double bogey, shooting himself out of both a victory and an 18-playoff playoff with eventual champ Geoff Ogilvy.

“I just can’t believe I did that. I’m such an idiot,” he famously said.

Mickelson and his wife, Amy, have three children.

Amy Mickelson is a breast cancer survivor and the Mickelsons made her battle public to raise awareness of the disease.

Mickelson’s brother, Tim, has been looping for Phil since Phil Mickelson and Jim Mackay parted ways in 2017.

Here is a celebration of Phil Mickelson’s 49th birthday in 49 photos.

And, by the way, Happy Father’s Day, Lefty.

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