Arizona State’s player profile page for alumnus Phil Mickelson has a bold headline next to his summary: “Best Amateur Ever.”

That isn’t a stretch.

While Mickelson has made a name for himself as one of the top professional golfers in history his collegiate career was among the best ever and perhaps the best.

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Phil’s back-to-back NCAA titles (and then another one)

Mickelson started his collegiate career with national titles in his freshman and sophomore years (1989 and 1990), becoming one of just seven players to earn back-to-back championships. Here is that full list:

  • Dexter Cummings, Yale — 1923, 1924
  • Fred Lamprecht, Tulane — 1924, 1926
  • George Dunlap, Princeton — 1930, 1931
  • Dick Crawford, Houston — 1959, 1960
  • Ben Crenshaw, Texas — 1971, 1972, 1973
  • Scott Simpson, USC — 1976, 1977
  • Phil Mickelson, Arizona State — 1989, 1990

Crenshaw stands out on that list as the only player to have won three national titles in a row. He was also one of just two to win three total collegiate championships. The other? Phil Mickelson, who picked up his third as a senior in 1992 after shooting a 17-under at the Championship Course in Albuquerque, New Mexico.