Today's Birthday 16/6

Callum Godde
Phil Mickelson's charity golf match against Tiger Woods raised $US20 million for coronavirus relief

Today's Birthday, June 16: American golfer Phil Mickelson (1970 - )

Phil Mickelson has resumed his friendly rivalry with Tiger Woods in a charity exhibition match that has drawn millions of viewers.

The two biggest names on the PGA Tour teamed up with NFL legends Tom Brady and Peyton Manning for The Match: Champions for Charity in May.

The event raised $US20 million ($A29 million) for COVID-19 relief and attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers, making it the most-watched golf telecast in cable TV history.

It was a high-profile sequel to 2018's The Match in which Mickelson defeated Woods in a play-off under lights.

But Woods had his revenge at the Medalist Golf Club in Florida as the 15-time major champion and partner Manning secured victory.

Born in 1970 in San Diego, California, Mickelson was hitting golf balls as a toddler.

Despite being right-handed at everything except for golf, he learned to play left-handed while mirroring his father's right-handed swing.

It earned him the nickname Lefty, which has followed him ever since.

After an outstanding collegiate career at Arizona State University, Mickelson won his first PGA Tour event in 1991 and turned professional the next year.

He notched up more than a dozen PGA titles over the next decade but repeatedly fell just shy of capturing a major, leading to the unwanted tag of "best player never to win a major".

Mickelson finally snapped his 13-year hoodoo at the 2004 US Masters, holing an 18-foot putt for birdie on the final hole to beat South African Ernie Els by one shot.

He raised his tally of majors to five with another two US Masters titles in 2006 and 2010, and wins at the 2005 PGA Championship and 2013 Open Championship.

He remains one of just 12 players in history to win three of golf's four major championships.

The US Open is the only major title to elude Mickelson, who has finished runner-up a record six times.

Still playing at 50, Mickelson has accrued more than $US90 million ($A129 million) in career prize money.