Phil Mickelson Out of Top 25 for First Time in Long Time

(Doug Ferguson/AP) — Phil Mickelson dropped to No. 27 in the world this week, the wrong kind of milestone.


The last time he was out of the top 25 was September 10, 1995. That was right after Tiger Woods won his second straight U.S. Amateur. It was two years after Jordan Spieth was born. Greg Norman was three months into his longest reign (96 weeks) at No. 1 in the world.

Because he is not playing again until the CareerBuilder Challenge in the California desert next January, Mickelson could be out of the top 50 the next time he tees it up. He hasn't been outside the top 50 since the week before Thanksgiving in 1993.

Image Caption : Phil Mickelson at The Barclays. (Michael Karas/ via AP)