Phillip Mikaera "Phil" Tataurangi was born in Auckland in 1971. His family moved to the Waikato in 1973. Phil attended Kinohaku and Parawera primary schools, Te Awamutu Intermediate and Te Awamutu College.
In 1992 he was the leading individual player in New Zealand's winning Eisenhower Trophy team. He turned professional in 1993 and has since played mainly in the United States.
The highlights of his professional career include winning the 1996 Nike Tri-Cities Open, the 1996 Australian PGA Championship and the 2002 Invensys Classic on the PGA Tour.