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30 years later, Phil Mickelson seeks hat trick in Tucson

Having failed to qualify for WGC Workday, Mickelson will try to win 3rd consecutive start spanning 2 years on Champions Tour

30: Number of years since Phil Mickelson won his first PGA Tour title, as an amateur at the Northern Telecom Open in Tucson, Ariz. Mickelson, who was a student at Arizona State in Tempe at the time, will return to Tucson this week to compete in the Champions Tour’s Cologuard Classic at Omni Tucson National. He was the last amateur to win on the PGA Tour. Mickelson, who did not qualify for the WGC Workday Championship and has fallen to No. 89 in the world ranking, will be seeking an unprecedented third consecutive victory on the 50-and-older tour. After turning 50 in June, he won his Champions Tour debut two months later at the Charles Schwab Series at Ozark National and then added the Dominion Energy Charity Classic title. Mickelson, whose 44 PGA Tour victories include two other triumphs in the former Tucson Open and five major titles, headlines the 81-player field for the 54-hole event that begins Friday.

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