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

Transcript

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So Phil Mickelson had his best finish
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since the Masters at the WGC HSBC Champions.
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That's the good news.
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The bad news: it wasn't quite enough
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to keep one of golf's most amazing streaks alive.
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Following his T-28 in Shanghai,
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Phil fell to number 51 in the Official World Golf Ranking,
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marking the first time he's been out
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of the top 50 in more than a quarter century.
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That's some serious longevity.
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Those calves aren't just for show, folks.
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Mickelson's remarkable run began November 28th, 1993
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with a runner-up in Japan at the Casio World Open.
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Ironically, it was another runner-up in Japan
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that snapped it when Shugo Imahira finished solo second
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at the Mynavi ABC Championship
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to bump Mickelson from the number 50 spot.
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But considering Mickelson is approaching birthday number 50,
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this isn't a time for mourning but rather celebration.
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To put Phil's incredible accomplishment in perspective,
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Phil's streak was born in 1993.
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Also born in 1993: Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.
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Speaking of birth-related golf news,
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even though I'm technically barely still a millennial,
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I will not be representing our millennial team
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at Golf Digest's Annual Seitz Cup.
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Nope, I'm on the old guys' team now for the first time.
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So sadly, this sweet last of the millennials poster
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that photo wizard Mason Leveronton made
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for me was all for naught.
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So I feel your pain, Phil.
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Getting old sucks.
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Anyway, back to Phil's streak.
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When he first cracked the top 50,
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Jurassic Park, The Fugitive, and Mrs. Doubtfire
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were the top-grossing movies.
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What a trio.
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And Meatloaf was number one on the radio, Meatloaf!
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A lot can change in 1,353 weeks,
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although after all this time, I'm still not sure
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what Meatloaf won't do for love.
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A couple other things worth noting.
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Mickelson will also see his ridiculous streak
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of playing the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup
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for 24 consecutive years snapped.
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He will be missed, especially at the team press conferences.
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And to catch Lefty's record, Rory McIlroy,
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who won in Shanghai and is now the new active leader
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in consecutive weeks in the top 50,
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would have to remain right there
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until the middle of October in the year 2034!
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After learning of his world ranking fate,
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Mickelson said, It was a good run, but I'll be back.
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With a swing built to last, no injury issues,
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and, again, those spectacular calves,
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I'm certainly not betting against him.
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[upbeat hip music]
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