Coming off a career year, Phil Mickelson captured four PGA TOUR events in 2005, including his second major championship. Mickelson edged Thomas Bjorn and Steve Elkington by a stroke to win the PGA Championship, becoming the first left-hander to win the PGA Championship and the first lefty to win two majors.
A born golfer, who began hitting golf balls at 18 months, Mickelson went on to capture 34 San Diego County titles in his junior career. An active amateur career found him with three NCAA Championships, a U.S. Amateur title, and a win on the PGA Tour's Northern Telecom Open as a collegian.
With his wife, Amy, Mickelson is involved with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, donating $100 for each birdie and $500 for each eagle that he posts to the Birdies for the Brave program to support U.S. Troops and their families. Along with his love the game, Mickelson boast proudly of his three children, and is an avid pilot.
2005 PGA Tour Earnings: $5,699,605
2005 Money List Rank: No. 3
2005 Tournament Wins: 4
Average Drive: 300.0 yards