(Reuters) – Factbox on golfer Phil Mickelson after the American won his fourth major title at the Masters on Sunday:
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* Born June 16, 1970
* Starts hitting balls at 18 months then turns pro in 1992, winning his first two PGA Tour titles at the 1993 Buick Invitational and the International.
* Triumphs four times on the 1996 PGA Tour, twice in his first three starts. Becomes the first player since Johnny Miller, in 1975, to win at Phoenix and Tucson in same year.
* Finishes second, one shot behind Payne Stewart, in the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, a day before the birth of his first child, Amanda Brynn. Produces a 2-2-0 (wins-losses-halves) record in his third Ryder Cup.
* Claims his first major victory at the 2004 Masters, holding off a last-day charge by Ernie Els to win by a shot.
* Produces superb early form on the 2005 PGA Tour, winning the Phoenix Open and Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February and the BellSouth Classic in April. Clinches his second major title by one shot at the PGA Championship at Baltusrol in August.
* With two drivers in his bag, romps to victory by 13 shots at the 2006 BellSouth Classic and claims his third major with a two-shot triumph at the Masters the following week, becoming the first player since Tiger Woods (at the 2002 U.S. Open) to win consecutive major championships.
* Blows a golden opportunity to win a third major in a row with an erratic drive and a double-bogey six at the final hole of the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot in June.
* Switches allegiance to swing coach Butch Harmon in April 2007 and, after successive ties for third place, wins his first Players Championship at Sawgrass by two strokes on May 13.
* In May 2009 wife Amy, with whom Mickelson has three children, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
* The American suspended his PGA Tour schedule indefinitely but returned to the tour four weeks later at the St. Jude Classic after it had become clear that the disease was caught early and that no immediate treatment was required.
* At the 2009 U.S. Open in June Mickelson finished in joint-second place.
* Mickelson finishes three shots ahead of Lee Westwood to clinch the 2010 U.S. Masters, his fourth major and third triumph at Augusta.
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(Compiled by Tom Pilcher; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)