We could all look at the inability of Phil Mickelson to get his tee shot close on the 17th hole at Merion on Sunday afternoon during the final round of the 113th US Open, a hole where he made birdie on Saturday to retake the lead, or we could blame his errant tee shot at 18 as the catalyst for his failure to win his first US Open, but two double bogeys early in the round was probably the reason the only record he beat, was his number of runner-up finishes in our National Championship.
It was a forgone conclusion that the only place at Merion that one could make birdies were the first six holes. Phil made double bogeys at the par three fourth hole, and the par four sixth hole. The mistake that I feel Phil made to cost him this US Open was his tee shot at the 13th hole.
With most of the leaders, including New US Open Champion, Justin Rose making birdie at the little par three, Phil blew it over the green, and made bogey. This is the point where the tournament was lost. He had to make at least par here, as bogey was giving two strokes back to the field.
I’ll go on record here. I was rooting all afternoon for Phil Mickelson to get the five-time “Bridesmaid” monkey off his back on his birthday and win his first US Open. He once again made too many mistakes, and I couldn’t be happier for Justin Rose. Justin made three bogeys on the back nine, but was able to get a birdie at the 12th and 13th holes to secure the win.
You have to give Phil Mickelson credit for being as gracious and professional in defeat as he is in victory. He smiled and took his medicine like the true professional he is, in his post tournament press conference, and gave all the credit due the victor.
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