10. Phil has the need for speed.
In his rookie year in '92, at the B.C. Open, Phil got pulled over for speeding—while making the half-mile drive from the clubhouse to the driving range.
11. Phil knows how to pull off a prank.
One year at Bay Hill his buddy Colin Montgomerie was in the paper complaining about his poor tee times and obscure playing partners. Phil got a piece of official PGA Tour stationery and wrote an official-sounding letter reminding Montgomerie that on the PGA Tour winners get paired with winners in the first two rounds and generally don't get extreme tee times, and that if he wanted to remedy his situation he should try winning a Tour event. Mickelson watched gleefully as Monty stewed over the letter. In time, he gave himself up.
12. Phil helps strangers.
One year at the L.A. Open, Phil was driving back to his hotel after lunch. He was on Santa Monica Boulevard in a downpour. He saw a homeless man on the sidewalk, pulled over, got the umbrella from his golf bag and gave it to the man.
13. Phil helps friends in need.
One year Phil agreed to play in the Dutch Open. He persuaded the tournament organizers to give a spot to a friend of his, Larry Barber (Miller Barber's son), who was trying to get a pro career off the ground. Phil arranged for the two of them to play a practice round with Bernhard Langer and Seve Ballesteros. In the second round Larry made a hole in one. He missed the cut but won a bike.
14. Phil loves sports.
In '01 he didn't leave Phoenix, where he was then living, to defend his title in the Tour Championship. Reason: The Diamondbacks were playing the Yankees in the World Series, and Phil had seats behind the home dugout.
15. Phil shares his toys.
Last year Phil bought a new jet, a Gulfstream V. He flew to Scotland for a tournament, his first flight ever on the plane. At the tournament he was supposed to have lunch with a dozen or so winners of a Callaway giveaway. There was a mix-up, and the prize winners were all assembled in London. Phil flew the group up to Scotland in his new G5, with the gourmet food and the leather seats and the warp speed, at his expense.
16. Phil's loyal.
As a pro, Phil has had one caddie, one agent, one wife and two swing coaches: first Rick Smith and now Butch Harmon. Smith remains one of Phil's closest friends, and Smith and his wife, Tricia, go on vacation with Phil and Amy at least once a year.
17. Phil's happy with who he is.
He's not trying to be Tiger. He said two years ago, "If I have a great rest of my career and win 20 more tournaments and seven more majors to get to 50 wins and 10 majors, which would be an awesome career, I still won't get to where he's at today." After his win on Sunday, reporters noted that Phil was now the No. 2 player in the world and closing in on Tiger. Phil was not impressed. He noted that Tiger didn't play for 8½ months, during which time Phil won twice—and still couldn't catch him.
18. Phil appreciates a fine New Jersey slice.
During his PGA win in '05 Phil fell so in love with the pie at Joe's Pizzeria, about a mile from Baltusrol, in Springfield, N.J., that he tried to lure Ehab, the shop's pie man, to move to pizza-deprived Scottsdale, Ariz., and open a pizzeria there.
19. Phil's not pretentious.
He showed up for a charity outing at Torrey Pines last year wearing shorts, carrying his own bag and introducing himself to his playing partners by saying, "Hi. I'm Phil."