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Alan Shipnuck wrote his first cover story for Sports Illustrated in 1994 as a twenty-one-year-old intern, and in the ensuing quarter-century he typed two dozen more. He is the author of eight books, including the national bestsellers Bud, Sweat & Tees and The Swinger (with Michael Bamberger). Shipnuck has received twelve first-place awards in the annual writing contest conducted by the Golf Writers Association of America, breaking the record of Dan Jenkins, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. He is a partner at the golf media company the Fire Pit Collective, where all of his writing, podcasts, and video storytelling can now be found. Shipnuck lives in Carmel, California.

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'Phil...is terrific fun, 19 chapters that read like Mickelson's swashbuckling back nine in the final round of the 2004 Masters. Any fan reading it will be able to tell Mickelson stories for the rest of their lives... Reading the book there are times when Mickelson's generosity and sense of fun makes you want to like him. Other times when his lack of humility and smart-alec nature are hard to stomach.' -- David Walsh * Sunday Times *
'Thoroughly engaging' -- Gene Wang * Washington Post *
'I devoured every win, wager and ounce of Mickelson mischief in this unflinching portrayal of golf's most complicated character. Hero? Gentleman? Jerk? Shipnuck's masterful reporting is packed with inside information (the legal sort) that lets the reader decide. Thumbs up, indeed.' -- Tom Coyne, bestselling author of A Course Called Ireland
'For years, in all the better press tents, there's been a debate: is there a writer BIG enough to capture Phil? Turns out, there is. Alan on Phil! Shipnuck's latest win is no ordinary event. It's a major.' -- Michael Bamberger, bestselling author of The Second Life of Tiger Woods
'Sports writing is often the best writing, a fact well known to those who read about sports and inconceivable to those who don't. For a vivid reminder, look no further than this unauthorised biography... Phil is well researched, bracingly written and full of previously unreported colour; Mickelson emerges as a mercurial and charismatic figure whose record-setting golf game is possibly the least interesting thing about him.' -- James Tarmy * Bloomberg Businessweek *
'A rollicking good time... Who is Phil? Shipnuck presents both the good and bad and leaves it to the reader to decide where they come out in the end... I suspect Phil's fanbase will find reasons anew to adore him even more while his detractors will find fresh ammo to argue that he's one of the all-time phonies.' -- Adam Schupak * Golfweek *
'Alan Shipnuck has spent his whole career writing about and thinking about Phil, and that palpable fascination for his subject has fuelled a superb biography. Anecdotes fly off the page, made rollicking and weighty by engaged and perceptive sources. Mickelson's golfing genius, charisma and foibles are tracked with a high-wire blend of irreverence and dispassion. For all of that, it's Shipnuck's unflinching pursuit of Phil's complexity that will most endure.' -- Jaime Diaz, Golf Channel commentator and bestselling co-author of The Big Miss

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