Phil Mickelson stories from the SI Vault

• Right Lefty By John Garrity, September 3, 1990 Two-time NCAA champ Phil Mickelson won the U.S. Amateur going away.

The Young Master By John Garrity, May 6, 1991 Rarely has a budding golfer caused as much excitement as defending NCAA and U.S. Amateur champ Phil Mickelson.

Head Of The Class By Sonja Steptoe, June 15, 1992 Arizona State's Phil Mickelson put his new psychology degree to good use in winning his third straight NCAA crown.

Lefty's All Right By Jaime Diaz, February 19, 1996 Phil Mickelson has everyone believing that this could be the start of something big. Phearless Phil By Jaime Diaz, January 19, 1998 Phil Mickelson started the season with a bang, outdueling the game's biggest guns.

Phils The Bill By Gary Van Sickle, November 13, 2000 Everybody's trying to be Tiger Woods's rival, but by capping his best season ever with a victory at the Tour Championship, Phil Mickelson showed he's the only contender who has what it takes.

The Matador In Footjoys By Rick Reilly, April 15, 2002 What a loser Phil Mickelson is. The champ chump. Gagger Vance. Yeah, so he skis double-black-diamond slopes. And is licensed to fly jets. And cashes more sports book winners than any boiler room full of 1-900 experts. But he has never won a major, and it just pisses you off.

Major Issues By Jack McCallum, August 19, 2002 Rich, talented and supremely self-assured, Phil Mickelson is a gambling man who has yet to rake in golf's biggest pot -- a major title. Is he tormented by that? Don't bet on it.

Amen By Alan Shipnuck, April 19, 2004 With a stirring Sunday charge, a heady, steady Phil Mickelson won the Masters -- and served notice that this long-awaited major victory may be the first of many.

Crowd Pleaser By Alan Shipnuck, August 22, 2005 With a magical pitch, Phil Mickelson birdied the PGA's final hole to win his second major championship and reward his frenzied fans.

Master Craftsman By Alan Shipnuck, April 17, 2006 With skillful and disciplined play, Phil Mickelson dominated the field at Augusta, winning his second straight major and suggesting that the best may be yet to come.

Back In The Shadow By Alan Shipnuck, June 26, 2006 On the verge of surpassing Tiger Woods as the game's dominant player, Phil Mickelson instead blew the U.S. Open with a 72nd-hole collapse--failing to measure up to his archrival.

Lefty Gets It Right By Alan Shipnuck, May 21, 2007 With a change in instructors and a retooled swing, Phil Mickelson is striking the ball better than ever, as evidenced by his impressive victory against the strongest field in the game at the Players.

Having Fun Yet, Lefty? By Alan Shipnuck, February 8, 2010 Expected to carry the mantle on Tour in Tiger's absence, Phil Mickelson got all the headlines during his 2010 debut, but not for anything he did on the course.

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