Phil Mickelson's amazing streak snapped
Alex Myers discusses Phil Mickelson's remarkable run in the Official World Golf Ranking that may never be matched.
Released on 11/4/2019
So Phil Mickelson had his best finish
since the Masters at the WGC HSBC Champions.
That's the good news.
The bad news: it wasn't quite enough
to keep one of golf's most amazing streaks alive.
Following his T-28 in Shanghai,
Phil fell to number 51 in the Official World Golf Ranking,
marking the first time he's been out
of the top 50 in more than a quarter century.
That's some serious longevity.
Those calves aren't just for show, folks.
Mickelson's remarkable run began November 28th, 1993
with a runner-up in Japan at the Casio World Open.
Ironically, it was another runner-up in Japan
that snapped it when Shugo Imahira finished solo second
at the Mynavi ABC Championship
to bump Mickelson from the number 50 spot.
But considering Mickelson is approaching birthday number 50,
this isn't a time for mourning but rather celebration.
To put Phil's incredible accomplishment in perspective,
Phil's streak was born in 1993.
Also born in 1993: Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.
Speaking of birth-related golf news,
even though I'm technically barely still a millennial,
I will not be representing our millennial team
at Golf Digest's Annual Seitz Cup.
Nope, I'm on the old guys' team now for the first time.
So sadly, this sweet last of the millennials poster
that photo wizard Mason Leveronton made
for me was all for naught.
So I feel your pain, Phil.
Getting old sucks.
Anyway, back to Phil's streak.
When he first cracked the top 50,
Jurassic Park, The Fugitive, and Mrs. Doubtfire
were the top-grossing movies.
What a trio.
And Meatloaf was number one on the radio, Meatloaf!
A lot can change in 1,353 weeks,
although after all this time, I'm still not sure
what Meatloaf won't do for love.
A couple other things worth noting.
Mickelson will also see his ridiculous streak
of playing the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup
for 24 consecutive years snapped.
He will be missed, especially at the team press conferences.
And to catch Lefty's record, Rory McIlroy,
who won in Shanghai and is now the new active leader
in consecutive weeks in the top 50,
would have to remain right there
until the middle of October in the year 2034!
After learning of his world ranking fate,
Mickelson said, It was a good run, but I'll be back.
With a swing built to last, no injury issues,
and, again, those spectacular calves,
I'm certainly not betting against him.
[upbeat hip music]