Phil Mickelson is a polarizing figure in the golf industry adored by his immense fan base. The American professional golfer is one of the sweetest social butterflies you will ever come across. Additionally, Phil first started his professional career in 1992, and to date, he has won 44 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters titles, a PGA Championship, and an Open Championship.
Furthermore, Mickelson has mastered the art of resilience after winning every major except the U.S. Open; he sprang back to it six times and every time recording as a runner-up. Not to mention, he is a legendary golfer who stood in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking for 25 consecutive years. Despite being right-handed, Mickelson is known for his left-handed swing, who was inducted in the 2012 World Golf Hall of Fame.
|Full Name||Philip Alfred Mickelson|
|Date of Birth||June 16, 1970|
|Birth Place||San Diego, California|
|Age||50 years old (as of 2020)|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|Hair Color||Light brown|
|Eye Color||Light Brown|
|Skin Type||Type II: Fair Skin|
|Father’s Name||Philip Anthony Mickelson|
|Mother’s Name||Mary Mickelson|
|Siblings||A sister, Tina Mickelson, and a brother, Tim Mickelson|
|Education||University of San Diego High School
Arizona State University
|Kids||A son, Evan Samuel Mickelson
Two daughters, Amanda Brynn Mickelson and Sophia Isabel Mickelson
|Commencement of professional year||1992|
|Number of professional wins||53|
|Date of highest-ranking||2 (February 11, 2001)|
|Net Worth||$400 million|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
Mickelson is a cool and friendly golfer with a thin body and a round face. He stands at 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) while weighing 200 lb (91 kg). Besides, he has fair skin with short, light brown wavy hair in a simple manner while his eyes are of the same color as his hair. In addition, he is a beardless golfer who is seen to smoke on a daily basis.
Phil Mickelson | Early Life
On June 16, 1970, Mickelson was born under Gemini’s star sign to his parents, Philip Anthony Mickelson and Mary Mickelson. He was raised alongside his siblings, sister, Tina Mickelson, and a brother, Tim Mickelson, in Scottsdale, Arizona. His father is an airline pilot and former naval aviator.
In the bargain, Mickelson is of Portuguese and Sicilian descent on his mother’s side. Besides, his maternal grandfather used to be a caddie at Pebble Beach Golf Links and had a middle name, Mickelson. Thus, his grandfather took him to golf as a chile, where he developed a left-handed swing as he mirrored his father’s right-handed swing.
As Sr., Phil taught him golf in their San Diego backyard during his work schedule’s leisure as a commercial pilot, Jr.Phil honed his skills under his father’s instruction. Later, as he started high school at the University of San Diego, he eventually graduated in 1998.
Phil Mickelson | Initial Career
After graduation, Mickelson enrolled at Arizona State University in Tempe, where he commenced his amateur career in golf with an outstanding performance. As a freshman, he became the face of amateur golf in the United States by claiming three NCAA individual championships and three Haskins awards in 1990, 1991, and 1992.
Furthermore, over the course of his collegiate career, Phil led the Sun Devils in the NCAA team title as he won 16 tournaments in total. In the year 1990, he was titled as the US Amateur for his left-handed swing as he defeated his highschool teammate Manny Zerman in the 36-hole final at Cherry Hills, south of Denver. Moreover, he gained his greatest achievement as an amateur after winning his foremost PGA tour event as an amateur in January 1991.
Equally important, he was titled the sixth amateur to win a tour event only at the age of 20. He made a triple-bogey during the game, which stood him in the third position, which gave him a 16 to 18 win by a stroke. In April, at the Masters Tournament, which was held in Augusta, Georgia, he became the youngest amateur to partook.
Phil Mickelson | Professional Career
Attempt To The First Major Win
Phil graduated from ASU in June 1992 and was quickly qualified for the Q-School due to his win in Tucson in 1991. The following year in 1992, Mickelson hired Jim “Bones” Mackey as his caddy and went further to win the Byron Nelson Golf Classic and the World Series of Golf in 1996. Similarly, he partook in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 1998, the Colonial National Invitation in 2000, and the Greater Hartford Open in 2001 and 2002.
During the tenure, his victory came in 2000 at Buick Invitational against Tiger Woods with a streak of 6 consecutive victories. By the end of the 2003 season, Mickelson had 7 top-ten finishes, 6 seconds, or third-place finishes. Therefore, he was described as the “Best Player Never to win a Major.” Right on his journey in 1996, Phil (as a non-speaking role) featured in the film Tin Cup, which starred Kevin Costner.
The First Three Major Wins
In the 2004 PGA Tour, Mickelson bagged his foremost major championship with an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole. He had faced Ernie Els in the final round as they traded birdies and eagles on the backline. Consequently, he became the only third golfer with a left-handed to win a major behind New Zealander Sir Bob Charles and Canadian Mike Weir.
Mickelson was in a contract with Titleist/Acushnet Golf. However, they dropped him off the contract after his voice messaged the Callaway Golf Executive. Hence, he was off the contract 16 months earlier and signed on with Callaway Golf, his current sponsor. Due to this, he was criticized and ridiculed by the press and fellow Rider Cup members for his equipment changes.
Mickelson’s career-low 18-hole round came in November 2004 at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Poipu Bay Golf Course in Hawaii. The next year, Phil made his second major debut at the PGA Championship at Baltusrol in a Monday final-round conclusion. He portrayed his trademark soft pitches within 18 inches of the cup during the match and made his birdie at a 4-under-par, which equates to 276.
Likewise, on his third major title at the Masters, he shot a 3-under-par. Thus, he successfully claimed the green jacket by two strokes over Tim Clark and maintained the second position in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Final Hole at US Open
With the victory of 2 majors in a row, he became one of the 3 players to win 3 consecutive majors as he advanced into the US Open. During the match’s final round, he had a major mistake on the hole, which secured him second place behind Geoff Ogilvy. Phil had a fair bogeyed until the 17th hole, where he missed on the left as he led with +4.
Moving further to his final hole, he had an aggressive style of play. However, he had only hit 2 of 13th fairways in the previous round. Therewith, he went with the green rather than playing it safe in the second shot, which banged into a tree and did not advance more than 50 yards. In the end, he had a disappointing finish as the shot resulted in a double bogey, which gave Ogilvy a chance to win the championship.
After the match, as he congratulated Ogilvy, he stated,” I can’t believe I did that. I am such an idiot.”
The Year 2006
In 2006, Phil participated in the Ford Championship at Doral, where he had a tee shot at the par-5. In the meantime, he had broken a spectator’s watch with his shot and thus paid him $2000.
The Year 2007
Mickelson volunteered to show his appreciation to the retired NFL player Conrad Dobler by paying his medical bills and his daughter’s tuition fee. In April, he changed his longtime swing coach, Rick Smith, and started working with Butch Harmon (former coach of Tiger Woods).
Additionally, he won The Players Championship on May 13 with an 11-under-par 277. His first cut came in June at Oakmont, where he had shot 11 over par for 36 holes. A few weeks before the tournament, he had suffered a wrist injury, which hampered his results in the US Open. However, on September 3, Phil made his breakthrough in the second FedEx Cup playoff event, where he won the Deutsche Bank Championship. In the tenure, he beat Woods for the first time on the final day of the tournament he finished with 2 strokes.
A day prior to the third FedEx Cup playoff event, the PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem did not respond to advice Phil had given for an undisclosed issue. Hence, he withdrew his position from the game.
The Year 2008
Mickelson commenced the year with the Crowne Plaza Invitational title at Colonial with a -14 1one shot. In the first round of the tournament, he had a -15 and ended the day as he stood behind Brett Wetterich. Overall, Phil had 68 in the second round and 65 in the third round, which was -12 until the third round.
The same year, according to the Men’s Vogue article, Mickelson lost 20 pounds with the help of his trainer, Sean Cochran. He also enclosed his fitness regimen, which consisted of increasing flexibility and power was to eat 5 small meals a day, alongside aerobic training. By the end of the year, the National Italian American Sports Hall of fame inducted Mickelson.
The year 2009
Phil surpassed Vijay Singh for second place o the current PGA Tour wins list. At the beginning of the year, he had his first 2009 tour event, where he again claimed his title at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera. Following it, he claimed his first World Golf Championship at the WCG-CA Championship, surpassing Nick Watney with a one-stroke.
On May 20, Mickelson suspended his PGA Tour Schedule for the time being as his wife struggled with breast cancer. Amy was scheduled to have surgery in 2 weeks. Hence, Phil scheduled to play the HP Byron Nelson Championship from May 21 to 24 and the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial from May 28-31. However, he withdrew from both events. To support Mickelson’s wife, fellow Golfer John Daly brought out a “Pink Out” event, where all the PGA Tour players wore bright pink.
On May 13, Mickelson announced his wife’s healthy return as the doctor’s detected cancer in the early stage. Hence, he made his return in June at the St.Jude Classic and the US Open. During the match in the US Open, he had shot a final round 70 and stood as the fifth runner-up after sharing an eagle at the 13th hole.
July and Onward
Mickelson’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and would have surgery at the same hospital as his wife’s. Herewith, he took another leave of absence from the tour and announced his return on July 28. After missing out on The Open Championship, he partook at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, alongside the PGA Championship.
Mickelson won the 2 championships for the second time in career, where he had recorded 4 strokes in the final round, which eventually gave him the victory over Tiger Woods. Likewise, on November 8, Mickelson won the WGC-HSBC Champions with a one-shot over Ernie Els in Shanghai. By the end of the season 2009, he stood second in the FedEx Cup.
Third Masters Win
On April 11, 2010, Phil won the Masters Tournament with a 16-under- par alongside 3-stokes over Lee Westwood. This was his third Masters victory and a fourth major championship. As we go into his gameplay on Saturday third round, he shot to the 13th green to make an eagle, then to hole-out from 141 yards. Behind his victorious claim was his dramatic run into round 4, where he recorded a bogey-free 67 to Westwood’s 71.
After his poignant win, Mickelson had an exciting play over the weekend, leaving him in the second position behind Woods in the major championship. As Mickelson was ahead of Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, and Padraig Harrington, Phil had dozens of worldwide wins.
The Year 2010 Summary
In the 2010 season, Phil had numerous opportunities to stand as the number one player in the world ranking. However, with a string of disappointment Englishman Lee Westwood claimed the position. Over the weekends, Phil had a score of 73, ending him in a T4 finish as one of the favorites for the US Open.
During the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, Mickelson publicly announced his diagnosis with psoriatic arthritis. Therefore, in the hope of his recovery, he became a vegetarian and maintained his short and long-term prognosis. Besides, he went on to finish the championship T12 behind Martin Kaymer.
The Year 2011
Phil commenced the year with a shot of 67-69-68 at the Farmer’s Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course. On the 18th hole, he hit it to 4 feet, and thus Bubba Watson won the game. In the following game of the Shell Houston Open on April 3, Mickelson won with 20-under-par, alongside 3-strokes. This game lifted Phil in the third position while Tiger Woods fell to the seventh position.
Right after it, Phil posted his second top-ten finish in 18 tournaments at the Open Championship. He finished in a tie for second place behind the eventual champion, Darren Clarke, during the contest.
The year 2012
At the beginning of the year, Mickelson tied for the 49th position at the Humana Challenge. Following it at the Farmers Insurance Open, he had a shooting round of 77 and 68, while he rallied six shots back at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Phil won the tournament with two strokes and 8-under-64 in the final round, equaling 269.
The next week, Mickelson lost the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club, where he had a 27-foot birdie putt in the final regulation hole. As he stood second, he was placed on the world’s top 10. Mickelson opened the tournament at the Masters with 2-over-par 74 as he finished in the third position. For the fourth round, he had a poor start, only scoring a triple-bogey on the par-3 fourth hole. Overall, he ended up with a score of 8.
Subsequently, at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Phil bogeyed the 17th and 18th, finishing T-7th. Moving forward, he withdrew from the Memorial Tournament due o his mental fatigue after the first round. In the U.S. Open, he was tagged with Woods, where he finished in the T-65th. In a few weeks’ timeframes, he had missed a cut at the 2012 Open Championship and the Greenbrier Classic as he ended in the 43rd position at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Mickelson partook in the 2012 FedEx Cup Playoffs, where he finished T38 at The Barclays. He used his claw grip on the greens during the gameplay as he ties with Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson, and the other five players.
As for his 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship, he stood fourth with Dustin Johnson, as he had -14. Likewise, at the BMW Championship, he had -16 in the first three rounds and finished second with two shots behind Back-to-back winner Rory Mcllory. By the end of the season, he finished 15th at the Tour Championship, alongside 3-1 at the Rider Cup.
The Year 2013
Phil played in the Humana Challenge, finishing T37 at -17 in January. The following week at the Farmers Insurance Open, he had a sorrow match finishing T51 with four rounds in the seventies.
Similarly, Phil recorded his career-low round 60 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. In the meantime, he made seven birdies, and on the 18th hole, he had a record of 59 in the PGA Tour. As a wire-to-wire match against Brandt Snedeker, he made a four-shot win for his forty-first PGA Tour victory and third Phoenix Open title. In the previous season, as he had fallen as far as number 22, he rose inside the world’s top ten.
US Open (Miss)
During the US Open at Merion, Phil led over the first three days with 67-72-70. However, in the final round, he fell out of the lead. On the 13th hole, he had a slip on his bogey, followed on the 15th, by missing a birdie putt on the 16th. Likewise, on the 18th, he could not hold his pitch from short of the green.
By the end of the event, he finished second with Jason Day behind Justin Rose. Afterward, Phil showcased his heartbreak, saying,” This is tough to swallow after coming so close. I felt like this was a good opportunity I could ask for, and to not get it, it hurts.” Coincidently, the same day was his birthday and also Father’s Day.
Poen Championship (5th Major Title)
A week before the Open Championship, Phil won his first tournament at the Scottish Open on July 14. On July 21, he won his 5th major title at the Open Championship Muirfield Golf Links in Scotland. Hence, Mickelson became the first person in history to win both the Scottish Open and the Open Championship in the same year.
As for his gameplay, he had birdied in the four holes with the final round (66) and three strokes. After the event, Mickelson shed tears claiming it to be his best round of the career.
Close Calls in Majors (2014-2015)
At the US Open at Pinehurst, Mickelson felt the cut to complete his career grand slam ending him in the lone top ten of the PGA season at Valhalla. Mickelson had the short round of 69-67-67-66 to finish solo second behind world number one, Rory Mcllory.
In the 2015 Masters, he recorded 70-68-67-69, standing second with Justin Rose behind the champion, Jordan Spieth. Similarly, at the Open Championship, Mickelson recorded 70-72-70 with eight shots behind the top 40. During the same gameplay, he birdied the 15th hole after missing a ten-foot birdie putt on the 16. The major downturn came out of bounds drive lead to a triple-bogey seven. At the end of 2015, Phil left his long-time swing coach Butch Harmon.
New Swing Coach
Mickelson hired Andrew Getson of Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, as his new swing coach. They worked together for the 2015 offseason.
The Year 2016
Mickelson made his 2016 debut with 68-65-66-68 for third place at 21-under-par at the CareerBuilder Challenge. This came as his highest finish in his first worldwide start of the calendar years. Furthermore, he stood second with 68-65-66-72 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. During the final round of the event, he made his first 54-hole since 2013.
In the opening round of the Open Championship at the Royal Troon, Phil set a new record of 63 while he has a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to set a new major championship score. In the second round, he led Henrik Stenson for a ten under par total and a one-shot. Similarly, in the third round, he had 11 under par total with one-shot behind Stenson as a runner-up. Hence, he again set a major championship record of 11 strokes clear of third place with 267 scores.
Hernia Surgery and it’s Recovery (The Year 2017)
Phil had two Hernia surgeries in the fall of 2016; however, he unexpectedly returned at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Following it in San Diego, he nearly had a missed eagle putt on the 18th hole. The next week, he won three times at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he had 4-under 32 first nine holes, which gave his name to the top of the leaderboard.
At the FedEx St.Jude Classic, he had four strokes in the final round, followed by a birdie at the tenth hole. For the second straight year, he stood in ninth place with three shots behind Berger’s winner. Besides, he withdrew from the US Open to attend his daughter’s high school graduation, and just a week later, his caddie Jim “Bones” Mackey left with a mutual agreement. Then Mickelson missed the cut at both the Open Championship and PGA Championship.
On September 6, Mickelson was titled as a Captain’s pick for the Presidents Cup, as he maintained a streak of 23 consecutive USA teams.
The Year 2018
Phil ended his winless streak on March 4, as he bagged the third WGC Championship at the WGC Mexico Championship with a score of 66. In the tournament, he had two birdies on his last four holes, which won the playoff. Thus, it marked Mickelson’s 43rd win on the PGA Tour and became the oldest (48 years old) winner of a WGC event.
In the 2018 US Open, Mickelson accidentally shot 81 (+11) during the third round. Moving forward at the 208 Ryder Cup in Paris. Phil was paired with Bryson DeChambeau as they lost five and four to Europe’s Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren. On November 23, Mickelson won the paper-view event, Capital One’s The Match. In the final round of the event, Phil scored four extra holes against Tiger Woods at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. Therefore. Phil took $9,000,000 from the match.
The Year 2019
In the third quarter of 2019, Mickelson won AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am over Paul Casey with three strokes. In the bargain, he became the one with most victories at Pebble Beach and gained his 44th career title on the PGA Tour. Not to mention, he was also the oldest (49 years old) winner of that event.
The Year 2020
Phil became the first player over 50 years of age to finish in the top five World Golf Championship events. He finished third at the 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am while standing second in the WGC-FedEx St.Jude Invitational. In August, he was eliminated from FedEx Cup playoffs.
Just a week later, he won the Charles Schwab series at Ozarks National Tournament; as he celebrated his 50th birthday on June 16th, he became the 20th player to win their debut tournament on tour. For a three-day event, Mickelson posted a stroke total of 191 tying the PGA Tour Champions record. By the end of 2020, Phil had his second win in as many starts on the PGA Tour Champions by claiming the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Virginia.
Phil Mickelson | Playing Style
Mickelson is a fun-loving person with immense talent who is often described as ‘aggressive’ by his competitors. He can be considered a good quote who may be an inaccurate driver but has powerful and excellent short games.
He has a risk strategy for difficult shots. Hence, it draws positive reviews stating him as a “Phil flop.” Moreover, he has a big swing with a high-lofted wedge in a short distance against a tight lie flies.
Phil Mickelson | Equipment
As of May 24, 2020, Phil is recoded to use the equipment highlighted below.
- Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero
- Strong 3-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero
- Irons: Callaway Epic Forged, Callaway Apex Pro
- Wedges: Callaway MD3, Callaway PM Grind 2019 “raw” finish
- Putter: Odyssey Versa #9
- Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X w/Triple Track
Phil Mickelson | Controversies
Insider Trading Settlement
According to the Wall Street Journal, Mickelson was investigated by the FBI, US Securities, and Exchange Commission on May 13, 2014. Hereby, Phil denied any wrongdoing for insider training in Clorox stock, and as per the investigation, they found no evidence.
Similarly, on May 19, 2016, the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York alleged him for another insider trading. However, as in the case above, he avoided criminal charges. Following it in 2017, when Billy Walters was convicted of making $40 million on Thomas Davis’s private information, it was also noted that Mickelson had “once owed nearly $2 million in gambling debts” to Walters.
Saudi Arabia Gameplay
Mickelson featured in the Pro-Am round in Saudi Arabia alongside prominent figures behind the potential start-up rival to the PGA and European Tours, the Premier Golf league.
Prior to his gameplay, he had tweeted in December 2019, mentioning, “After turning down opportunities to go to the middle east for many years,” he would starr in Saudi International Golf Tournament. However, many criticized his decision to miss the Waste Management Phoenix Open and play in Saudi Arabia. They ridiculed his statement mentioning him getting lured by millions of dollars and abusing the nation’s human rights.
Phil Mickelson | Awards, Achievements, and Wins
- 1980 Junior World Golf Championships
- 1989 NCAA Division I Championship
- 1990 Pac-10 Championship, NCAA Division I Championship, U.S. Amateur, Porter Cup
- 1991 Western Amateur
- 1992 NCAA Division I Championship
- Walker Cup: 1989 and 1991
- Eisenhower Trophy: 1990
- Presidents Cup: 1994 , 1996 , 1998, 2000 , 2003 , 2005 , 2007 , 2009, 2011 , 2013 2015 and 2017
- Ryder Cup: 1995, 1997, 1999 , 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 , 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018
- Alfred Dunhill Cup: 1996
- Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge (representing PGA Tour): 1997 and 2000
- World Cup: 2002
- Masters Tournament: 2004, 2006 and 2010
- PGA Championship: 2005
- US Open (2nd/T2): 199, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2013
- The Open Championship: 2013
- World Golf Hall of Fame: 2012
- Haskins Award: 1990, 1991 and 1992
Phil Mickelson | Number of wins by tour
- PGA Tour: 44 times (9th position)
- European Tour: 10 times
- Asian Tour: 1 time
- Sunshine Tour: 1 time
- PGA Tour of Australasia: 1 time
- Challenge Tour: 1 time
- PGA Tour Champion: 2 times
- Others: 3 times
“The object of golf is not just to win, It is to ply like a gentleman and win.”
Phil Mickelson | Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Phil Mickelson is estimated to have a $400 million net worth. Additionally, he is ranked second on the PGA Tour all-time money list of tournament prize money. As per the estimation in 2011, Mickelson was the second-highest paid in the United States, who earned through endorsements.
Rancho Santa Fe’s Residence
In the year 2014, the Professional Golfer had listed his estate in Rancho Santa Fe for sale. His wide villa overtook the space of 9200 square feet, which included two guest houses, a pool, and a three-hole putting green on nearly five acres of Covenant. The one-story home was build in 2001 and was for sale for about $6million.
The luxurious home included mosaics details, hand-carved stone fireplaces, leaded glass windows, and trussed beams. Furthermore, it consisted of a library, an exercise room, a sauna, a master suite (five bedrooms and six bathrooms). Overall the whole house was furnished with French doors and had the backyard expansion of citrus trees.
Brands and Endorsements
Mickelson is always adorned in expensive animal shoes, laced trousers more expensive than a car. Hence, he never fails to remind us of his hefty liquid money. The major company in which Mickelson endorses are KPMG, ExxonMobil, Rolex, Workday, Callaway Golf, and Mizzen+Main. Before these brands, he was also sponsored by Titleist, Bearing Point, Barclays, and Ford.
Phil Mickelson | Lovelife and Social Media
Phil is currently married to Amy Mickelson since 1996. The duo met way back in 1992 when they both attended Arizona State University. Back then, Phil was a senior and college star, whereas Amy was a junior cheerleader for the Phoenix Suns NBA Cheerleading squad.
At present, the couple has three children. The eldest is a daughter named Amanda, born in 1999, followed by a daughter named Sophia, born in 2001, and finally, a son named Evan was born in 2003. Altogether, the pair formed a Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation in 2004 to support youths and families through various initiatives. The charity also raised money for military services during Hurricane Harvey.
Phil Mickelson FAQs
How much does Phil Mickelson get paid by the KMPG?
With all the brands he is working with, he gets paid $ 40 million every year.
Why did Phil Mickelson start wearing sunglasses during golf?
During COVID break, Mickelson had a skin cancer chemotherapy treatment (Carac Cream); thus, he started wearing sunglasses to protect his eye area.