Is Phil Mickelson Playing the BMW Championship 2021?

Published 08/24/2021, 7:01 AM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 11, 2021 Phil Mickelson of the U.S. reacts after missing a birdie putt on the 2nd hole during the final round REUTERS/Mike Segar


The first leg of the FedExCup playoffs is done and dusted. The Northern Trust 2021 saw Tony Finau winning the tournament through a playoff hole, but there are other questions that seem to be of interest to the fans. Of course, Finau deserves all the attention for his emphatic victory. However, Phil Mickelson missed the cut at Liberty National after a poor performance. But did he accumulate enough FedExCup points to qualify for the upcoming BMW championship? 

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Phil Mickelson is one of the major championship winners this season. The 50-year-old broke several records when he reigned supreme at the PGA Championship earlier this year. Some even deem it the greatest achievement in golf. 

Has Phil Mickelson qualified for the BMW Championship 2021?

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The BMW Championship is the second leg of the 2021 FedExCup playoffs. Only the Top 70 players from the FedExCup standings are eligible to compete in this event held at the Caves Valley Golf Club. 

Is Phil Mickelson eligible to play the BMW Championship 2021? Is he in the Top 70 of the FedExCup standings after the conclusion of The Northern Trust 2021? Yes, he is! 

Phil Mickelson has just scraped through in the rankings to qualify for the BMW Championship 2021. He currently stands 70th in the FedExCup rankings, and just booked his spot in the upcoming playoff tournament.

May 27, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Phil Mickelson on the 14th tee during the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

In fact, Mickelson was 58th on the FedExCup standings before the Northern Trust started. But a poor performance in the event has dropped him all the way to the 70th spot. He’s the last golfer on the ranking who is eligible to play the BMW Championship.

Mickelson shot 3-over-par through two rounds at The Northern Trust 2021. This was not enough to get him into the weekend, but Mickelson somehow sneaked into the second leg of the playoffs with this finish.

How has Mickelson performed this season? 

Phil Mickelson has played 22 events in the 2020-21 PGA Tour season. He registered one victory, which came at the PGA Championship in Kiawah Island.  Besides that, Mickelson has not achieved a Top 10 finish this season. 

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He’s made the cut nine times in 22 starts, which is a sub-par number. Mickelson has added $2,687,724 to his career earnings so far from this season, and he’d be having mixed feelings about his campaign. 

A victory at the PGA means a lot. To do it at 50 is an inhuman achievement. However, Mickelson has been largely struggled to maintain consistency which often causes the downfall of his game. 

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Mickelson has qualified for the BMW Championship, but he needs a massive finish at the event to qualify for the subsequent Tour Championship. What do you think? Will Mickelson qualify for the Tour Championship or end his season at the Caves Valley Golf Club?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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