The Incredible Phil Mickelson World Ranking Statistic

Lefty has now spent 25 years inside the world's top 50

Incredible Phil Mickelson World Ranking Statistic
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Lefty has now spent over 1,300 consecutive weeks inside the world's top 50

The Incredible Phil Mickelson World Ranking Statistic

Phil Mickelson competed in 'The Match' over the weekend where he eventually beat Tiger Woods to win $9m.

It was a completely unofficial match offering zero world ranking points, however he has achieved a phenomenal world ranking statistic this week.

The 48-year-old, currently ranked 27th in the world, has now spent 25-straight years inside the world's top 50.

The five-time Major winner is one of the most celebrated players in the modern era, having claimed 43 PGA Tour titles including those five Majors as well as three World Golf Championship titles.

Three of his five Majors have come at the Masters, in 2004, 2006 and 2010, while he also triumphed at the USPGA Championship at Baltusrol in 2005.

The 48-year old’s most recent Major triumph came in the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield, where he shot the round of his life on Sunday, a five under par 66, to win by three.

Mickelson’s 25 years – 1305 consecutive weeks - inside the world’s top 50 shows phenomenal consistency, with 166 top ten finishes in the 647 OWGR Eligible Tournaments in which he has competed in worldwide.

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Having first entered the World Rankings in 1988, Mickelson broke into the top 50 on November 28, 1993, when a runner-up finish to Tom Lehman in the Japan Golf Tour’s Casio World Open elevated him to 47th position in the world.

He hasn't looked back since.

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Between 1996 and 2014, the Californian spent a total of 774 weeks inside the world’s top ten, while between 2001 and 2013 he spent a cumulative total of 269 weeks in second place – Tiger Woods having been number one in all of those weeks.

Another incredible OWGR stat when it comes to Mickelson is the fact that he has never reached the number one spot, and his 269 week spell is by far and away the longest at no.2 without ever reaching the top - Jim Furyk is second with 39 weeks.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


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