49-year-old, five-time major champion lefty, Phil Mickelson lost his spot in the Top-50 of the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) after a Tied-28th finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions on November 3.
The lefty reigned inside the top-50 starting from November 23, 1993, to November 2, 2019, over 26 years, equivalent to 1353 weeks or 9475 days in general, a record unlike other. Mickelson slipped to No.51 on the OWGR, post his final round 68.
“It was a good run,” Mickelson said Sunday. “Unfortunately, the last eight months I played terribly and have fallen out. But I’ll get back in there.”
Jordan Spieth was not quite 4 months old when Mickelson first cracked the top 50 on Nov. 23, 1993, with a runner-up finish in the Casio World Open. Deane Beman was the commissioner of the PGA Tour.
Rory McIlroy compared Mickelson’s streak to Tiger Woods going 142 starts on the PGA Tour over seven years without missing a cut.
“Being top 50 in the world since 1993, that means no injuries, no breaks, that is nothing,” McIlroy said. “Play your game, keep going.”
What’s interesting is, Mickelson’s best till date on the OWGR has been World No.2 position, never reaching the World No.1 spot, partly because of Tiger and partly because he was not on top of his best when Tiger fell off and created an opportunity.
“It’s pretty amazing given he was there into his 40s like that, with how much time is taken from golf with your family,” Spieth said. “You’re not as sharp because you’re not doing it as often. I give him more credit in the last seven to 10 years.”