The flee is over.
For the first time in practically 26 years, 5-time predominant winner Phil Mickelson has dropped out of the prime 50 of the sector golf rankings.
The 49-twelve months-aged American had spent 1,353 consecutive weeks within the prime 50 – the longest consecutive trip since the official world rankings began in 1986 – but dropped to 51st after ending in a tie for twenty eighth at the WGC-HSBC Champions on Sunday.
Mickelson, who won hisforty fourth PGA Tour title in February,said: “It modified into as soon as a correct flee, but I might be attend.”
Present world number 1 Brooks Koepka modified into as soon as honest three years aged when Mickelson first broke into the prime 50 as a 23-twelve months-aged on 28 November 1993, while Sir John Indispensable modified into as soon as prime minister within the UK and Meat Loaf’s I’d Form One thing else for Fancy (Nonetheless I Might per chance well per chance also now not Form That) modified into as soon as UK number 1.
In that time ‘Leftie’ has won 48 tournaments even supposing he never in actual fact made it to the prime of the rankings, being saved off prime plight for a truly very prolonged time by a high-tail Tiger Woods.
The tumble might per chance presumably have an impact on Mickelson going forward, with the prime 50 on the earth gaining automatic invites into some of the necessary sport’s greatest tournaments.
However, three Masters victories at Augusta Nationwide and the 2005 US PGA Championship title have given him lifetime exemptions for these tournaments, while the 2013 Originate champion can play the oldest predominant till he turns 60.
Mickelson is a six-time runner-up at the US Originate but when he fails to fulfill the exemption requirements, which comprises automatic entry for the prime 60 on the earth, he might per chance presumably be reliant on being given a particular exemption by the United States Golf Association.
Rory McIlroy now has the longest unbroken flee within the prime 50 at 573 weeks. Per the statisticians at the 15th Membership, he would need to preserve there till October 2034 to match Mickelson’s feat.