He probably won’t walk off distances or inspire his guys ala “Hoosiers” Shooter Flatch, but noted alum Phil Mickelson is the latest addition to the coaching ranks of the Arizona State men’s golf team.
Mickelson's title is believed to be more of an honorary designation, which allows him, under NCAA rules, to contact recruits. That’s exactly what he did last week when he called 16-year-old Ryan Ruffels, a top amateur player in Australia who posted a top-25 finish in last year's Australian Open.
"I was out here putting and I got this call from an international number and I jumped on my phone and he said, 'Hey, it's Phil Mickelson,' " Ruffels told The Sydney Morning Herald. "I thought one of my mates from school was giving me a prank call.”
Mickelson won three NCAA Championships (1989, ’90, ’92) and a national title at Arizona State before graduating in 1992. Lefty also won the Northern Telecom Open in Tucson as an amateur while a student at ASU.
Mickelson hasn’t played in an official capacity since the United States lost to Europe in the Ryder Cup in September, but he’s kept busy, re-upping as a pitchman for Callaway, relisting his California home, and taking over management of the Stone Canyon Golf Club.