It’s the end of an era in golf.
For the first time since 1993, after an impressive streak of 1,425 weeks, Phil Mickelson now finds himself outside the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking. The World Golf Hall of Famer and five-time major champion dropped to No. 101 in the world after starting the year at No. 66.
This year, Mickelson, 50, has missed the cut at both the American Express and AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and finished T-53 at the Farmers Insurance Open. He did not play in this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, but is in the field for next week’s Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
Earlier this year Mickelson said if he didn’t play well early on that he’d “start to re-evaluate things” and “maybe play a few more events on the Champions Tour.” Unfortunately for Mickelson, Champions Tour events don’t earn world ranking points.
Mickelson won his first two starts on the senior circuit last August and October, and recently finished T-20 at the Cologuard Classic.