Cape Town – We all know Phil Mickelson he was one of the greatest golfers the game had ever produced – but in fact a statistic is actually hosting this point.
Ironically, Mickelson succeeded in a ranking that made no point in the world rankings (in Las Vegas against Tiger Woods as "The Match") in the days following an informal event, making its size a truly sharp focus.
The 48-year-old is now 27th in the world and now 25 years in the world's top 50.
His five major victories, his 43 PGA Tour titles and his three crowns of the World Golf Championship, tell the story of Mickelson at the top of his world ranking, emphasizing his impressive sense of longevity.
These 25 years are being added up to 305 consecutive weeks in the top 50 of the world – including the top-10 finishing of 647 Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) Suitable Tournaments in which they compete worldwide.
Mickelson was close to breaking this line when he fell to 49 after the Farmer Insurance Openings earlier this year, but you didn't know it – he finished four consecutive six golds in a row.
And his most recent victory against Tiger Woods, a monster in Las Vegas last week, shows he hasn't done it yet.