AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Mickelson Wins 5th Title
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Mickelson Wins 5th Title

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We'll never really know where Phil Mickelson could've stood in the pantheon of all-time golf greats. In many ways, he was unfortunate to come along in the era of Tiger Woods, for obvious reasons. In other ways, he was very fortunate – purses increased exponentially thanks to Woods, and Mickelson is one of the richest athletes in the world.

In fact, by winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in a two-hole Monday finish, Mickelson surpassed $90 million in PGA Tour earnings. He's made a lot more than that in endorsements. But as for where he ranks among the sport's best, of which he surely is one, Mickelson's 44th career PGA Tour win moved him within one of Walter Hagen for eighth all-time. Then comes Billy Casper at 51, and any serious golf fan can name the top-six (but we'll name them later).

Mickelson has spoken often of his desire to reach 50 wins. That will be a monumental task, even for the best 48-year-old golfer there ever was. Last year at this time, it was a pipe dream. Then Mickelson won the WGC-Mexico to end a nearly five-year drought. At Pebble, he came from three shots down after 54 holes to overtake Paul Casey and win for the second time in less than a year.

Casey was ranked 24th in the world coming in; Mickelson, 29th. But Mickelson had Casey right where he wanted him: in the same pairing, right next to him. Casey is a very fine player, albeit

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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