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THIS Phil Mickelson statistic is seriously impressive!

Phil Mickelson (AP)
Phil Mickelson (AP)

Cape Town - We all know Phil Mickelson is one of the greatest golfers the game has ever produced - but one statistic in particular really drives that point home. 

Ironically, just days after Mickelson won a completely unofficial event that offers no world ranking points ('The Match' against Tiger Woods in Las Vegas) he has achieved a rankings feat that really brings his greatness into sharp focus. 

The 48-year-old, currently ranked 27th in the world, has now spent 25 straight years inside the world’s top 50. 

While his five major victories, 43 PGA Tour titles and three World Golf Championship crowns tell their own story, Mickelson's incredible longevity at the top of the world rankings really highlights his impressive consistency. 

Those 25 years add up to 1 305 consecutive weeks inside the world’s top 50 - including 166 top-10 finishes in the 647 Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) Eligible Tournaments in which he has competed in worldwide. 

Mickelson did come close to breaking this streak earlier this year when he dropped No 49 after the Farmers Insurance Open, but wouldn't you know it - he then produced four consecutive top-six finishes to head back in the opposite direction. 

And his most recent victory over a resurgent Tiger Woods in Las Vegas last week suggests he's not done yet either.

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