Phil Mickelson, also known as “Lefty," plays golf left-handed, but he is actually right-handed in everything else he does. Phil first swung a golf club at 18 months, and took to playing the game left-handed, as a child, when he mirrored his father's right-handed swing during practice. In July, he shot a brilliant final round 66 to become The Open Champion Of The Year and capture his fifth major win. He also won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February and the Scottish Open in July. He is one of just nine players to have 40 or more career PGA Tour wins. Last year, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Phil and his wife, Amy, have been involved with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Homes for Our Troops and Birdies for the Brave for several seasons, helping to raise money for the organizations. He and Amy have three children - Amanda, Sophia and Evan.
Most Tour players can only dream of the type of run Henrik Stenson went on in 2013. From his hot summer stretch, to clinching the FedEx Cup and the European Tour Race to Dubai he was absolutely unstoppable for most of the year. His iron play was unbelievable; he drove the ball beautifully and made big putts when he needed to.
Now up near the top of the world golf rankings, Stenson is truly one of the biggest stars in golf, with more wins and possibly even major championships in play this year. The opportunities seem endless for him with a full bag of Callaway equipment. We do know this, a repeat of last year’s performance, and maybe even an improvement, could be in the cards. Let’s see it, Henrik!
Patrick Reed looks like one of the most promising young players on the PGA Tour, and he’s been on a tear since he joined Callaway in May. The San Antonio native has had a break out rookie season, highlighted by his playoff win at the Wyndham Championship. Then in January, he picked up his second Tour win at the Humana Challenge.
Patrick helped Augusta State win two national championships during his college career and his wife Justine serves as his caddie out on Tour. His favourite quote is from Justine, who told him, “Nerves just mean you’re prepared.” His solid all-around game should translate to consistency and plenty of tournament wins in the years to come.
Nicolas Colsaerts consistently hits some of the biggest tee shots in golf – just look at his 318.6 yard average on the European Tour last year. Colsaerts had a big year last season, but really came into his own at the Ryder Cup, where he played one match in 10-under. The new Callaway staffer posted ten top-10s and won the Volvo World Match Play Championship last year.
Nicolas played a number of sports as a kid, particularly field hockey and golf. He was first introduced to the game by his grandfather, who took him to a driving range in Brussels. Nicolas will also play an Odyssey Putter this year.
Danny Willett has taken his rightful place among the best players in the world with his breakout win at Augusta. With all Callaway in the bag, Danny carded a legendary bogey-free final round 67 to win his first green jacket and his first major championship, which came just one week after the birth of his first child. Of course, he’s been one of the elite players in the game for years after finishing 2nd in the 2015 Race To Dubai, and earning 4 European Tour wins prior to his amazing victory at Augusta. Danny has been a prolific golfer since he was a child and in fact he was even the #1 ranked amateur ranked golfer in the world prior to turning professional. Now it looks like he will be a mainstay at major championships, Ryder Cups, and Olympic games for years to come!!