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July 23 2013

2:30 PM

Stat of the Day: Mickelson's putting

Phil Mickelson is ranked first on the PGA TOUR in putting average. (Lyons/Getty Images)

By Krystyna Braxton, PGATOUR.COM

Phil Mickelson's career is nothing short of a success. He now has 42 PGA TOUR wins and five major championships on his resume. After Mickelson's first win at The Open Championship on Sunday, he said, "I'm putting better than I ever have in my life." Coming into The Open Championship, Mickelson felt that he found the secret to good putting, a secret that he was not willing to share.

On the 18th hole, Mickelson watched his final putt roll into the bottom of the cup at Muirfield, and it was then that Mickelson knew what he had just done. At Muirfield, Mickelson played some of the best golf of his career, which helped him earn the coveted Claret Jug. The Hall of Famer birdied four of the last six holes and was the only player to finish under par (3 under) at The Open.

At the age of 43 and with 20-plus years of career golf, the thought of winning the Claret Jug that was once a dream is now a reality for Mickelson. After Mickelson's victory, he said "this is just an amazing feeling winning this great championship. And to play probably the best round of my career and hit some of the best shots that I've ever hit. Certainly putt better than I've ever putted. I needed to show up and play some of my best golf. And I did."

In the table below, you will see Phil Mickelson's putting statistics from the past 10 years. The table shows some of his putting highs and his lows, check out his stat comparions from the past decade. 

In the current 10-year span, Mickelson is putting near his best in strokes gained-putting, his best in putting average and from inside 10 feet. Take a look.

 

  Strokes Gained Putting Putting Average One Putt Percentage Putting From Inside 10ft
2013 .606 (11) 1.709 (1) 42.70% (12) 88.12% (T27)
2012 .591 (10) 1.747 (T18) 42.76% (6) 88.30% (34)
2011 -.139 (134) 1.778 (T84) 39.47% (40) 87.85% (T62)
2010 -.148 (133) 1.762 (45) 39.91% (29) 87.13% (93)
2009 -.146 (130) 1.753 (T35) 40.30% (32) 86.25% (T135)
2008 .207 (57) 1.761 (T22) 40.60% (17) 87.31% (67)
2007 .169 (63) 1.751 (T15) 39.91% (T28) 88.08% (30)
2006 .280 (40) 1.731 (5) 39.94% (44) 87.21% (84)
2005 .263 (49) 1.740 (15) 41.97% (T12) 86.62% (T137)
2004 -.081 (125) 1.759 (T43) 40.58% (45) 86.22% (164)
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