Who is Phil Mickelson’s Agent?

Published 11/09/2021, 8:30 AM EST


Merit for any athlete’s success cannot be given to them alone. Behind any accomplished golfer are multiple people, ranging from caddies to coaches and specialists to managers, and even their fans and families. And for Phil Mickelson, one of those people is Steve Loy.

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SPORTFIVE’s president of golf and Lagardere’s head of the golf division, Loy is a coach, manager, and golf businessman. His biggest claim to success is the sweetheart of the golf world, Phil Mickelson. The two first met while Phil was in college, where they forged a valuable partnership and friendship that has lasted for more than 30 years.

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And in the course of Phil’s illustrious career, Loy has achieved more than he would have ever imagined. Let’s take a look at how their journey started and what all they’ve achieved since the very beginning.

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A look at Phil Mickelson and Loy’s journey

Steve Loy has a bachelor’s degree in business, after which he earned his master’s in sports psychology. Following this, he was the head golf coach for multiple colleges. When Mickelson was 15, that’s when Loy first showed interest in him. During that time, the now 45-time PGA Tour winner was taking amateur golf by storm.

Recalling his first interaction with him, Loy said, “I walked up to him during a practice round and started to shake his hand. I had the hog on my chest and he looked and said, ‘What’s that?’ I said, ‘It’s a Razorback, and I’m gonna make you a Razorback someday.’ And he just kind of shrugged it off and was like, ‘Yeah, yeah.'”

Soon after, Loy joined the Arizona State University, where Mickelson was attending on a scholarship. That’s where their relationship began and Loy coached him to success.

He said, “It became a relationship there that has lasted ever after.” Meanwhile, Loy has benefited majorly from this association. In fact, he features in the top 50 on the Forbes list of the highest-earning sports agents with earnings of $13.05 million.

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In 2011, Lefty created history by winning the Northern Telecom Open as an amateur. This record has lasted more than 30 years, and to date, no amateur has ever won on the PGA Tour. After this breakthrough, he has proved his consistency and skill and has established his name in the world of golf.

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC – MAY 23: Phil Mickelson smiles with the Wanamaker Trophy after his two stroke victory in the final round of the PGA Championship on The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort on May 23, 2021, in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

The last two years have been nothing short of memorable. Breaking age 50, he advanced to the PGA Tour of Champions and created havoc by winning thrice on his four starts on the tour. By winning the PGA Championship in 2021, he became the oldest major champion, a month shy of his 51st birthday.

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Summing up his feelings for him, Lefty said, “Coach has been my mentor, my coach, my agent, my partner. Coach has been everything to me. Without him, I probably wouldn’t be who I am today for sure.”

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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