Another major is upon us, and it is one that has plagued Phil Mickelson for his entire career. Can Lefty finally conquer the US Open?
Almost all of us know the story with Phil Mickelson at the US Open by now. He has had an incredible amount of near success there, finishing second place an astonishing six times in his career.
There is extra on the line for Phil this week though. The US Open is going to be played at the site that is responsible for arguably not just one of the biggest blow-ups of Phil’s career, but one of the largest blow-ups this side of Jean Van de Velde.
Yes… they are back at Winged Foot this year, home of the massive failure of Phil back in 2006. He went into the final hole with a one-shot lead. The same couldn’t be said by the time he putted the ball in, as he would go on to lose by one because of a double bogey on 18.
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It’s stuck with Phil throughout his career, and time is running short to win the US Open.
We all know that he is still in fantastic shape, especially for someone who is 50 years old. You don’t see players that age still able to hit the ball as far as he does, especially while still mixing it with the finesse ability that he holds around the green. Heck, he went driver out of the rough the other day.
It would make for an incredible story if he was able to be in the running for his final major at the US Open, especially being at Winged Foot. Vegas might be the only person rooting against him, as they acceped a 45K bet at somewhere around 75-1 odds, meaning they could be on the hook for north of $3 million if Phil wins.
Even if you weren’t a fan of Phil throughout his career, there would be something storybook about watching lefty, through all the pain, trials, and tribulation of what he has faced throughout his life at the US Open, to be able to finally pull through and win a major.
The course sounds like it is going to be incredibly tough, and greens are looking quite fast. We all know how Phil has dealt with a bad putt on a fast green before, so hopefully, that isn’t something that we see happen again, although it would be quite funny.
We are only a few days away, and Phil is quickly running out of majors to win, and events that he is still capable of contending in. As they get set to tee off at this year’s US Open, all eyes should be on Phil to see if he is finally able to get the proverbial monkey off of his back and finally fill the last opening in his trophy case.