Mickelson’s 26-Year Streak Inside Top-50 Ends

For the first time since November 28, 1993, Phil Mickelson is ranked outside of the top-50 in the Official World Golf Rankings. 

Following a T28 finish at this past weekend’s WGC-HSBC Champions in China, Mickelson fell to No. 51 in the world, ending a 26-year streak that spanned 1,353 weeks, the longest streak since the introduction of the official rankings in 1986.

“It was a good run,” Mickelson said. “Unfortunately, the last eight months I played terribly and have fallen out. But I’ll get back in there.”

Putting the streak into perspective, Jon Rahm, Matt Fitzpatrick and Sung-Jae Im, all of whom are ranked ahead of Mickelson this week, have spent their entire lives with Mickelson inside the top-50 in the world.

Mickelson will likely see another record snap shortly as he has virtually pulled himself from the running for a Presidents Cup pick. 

For the last 24 international team competitions, Mickelson has been a playing member of the team, but he said on Wednesday in South Korea that he’s not a viable option for this coming December’s Presidents Cup team. 

“There are much better options of players that have played consistently at a high level that deserve to be on the team,” Mickelson said three weeks ago. “Even if I were to win, I have not done enough to warrant a pick. I’m not asking for one. I don’t expect one. I think there a lot of better options for the U.S. side.

“I would like to add that I am starting to play much better golf, and I’m excited about the upcoming season. I’m excited about making the Ryder Cup team next year, and I plan on doing that.”

Mickelson will turn 50 on June 16, 2020.