If it weren’t for Tiger Woods, he would be considered the best golfer of the last 30 years. But playing second fiddle to perhaps the greatest player to lace up a pair of golf shoes in history isn’t all that bad and has its perks, too.

Phil Mickelson didn’t win his first major championship until he was 33 years old, just one year younger than Arnold Palmer when he won his last major. Mickelson went on to win four more majors, including the one that even he thought he would never win, The Open. He is one of the most fascinating characters ever to grace the fairways in terms of charisma, daring on the course, and his views on just about every subject known to man. He is well-known for giving his time to fans.

Now that he has turned 50, Mickelson has played two PGA Tour Champions events, winning both. Although he can still win on the big tour, he can no longer win with the frequency a younger Mickelson had, which makes observers wonder if he’ll spend more time on the Champions tour in order to score more victories. Look for him to play most of the senior majors with a few regular events sprinkled in.

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