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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 245
T HE ‘will Sergio Garcia ever win a major?’ debate is dead; long live: ‘Will Phil Mickelson ever win the US Open?’ For those scurrying to water coolers, nineteenth holes or Twitter to lament, predict or merely point out the crater-sized flaw in Mickelson’s Hall Of Fame career, here’s a message for you. The six-time US Open runner-up could care less. In fact, the day after his first shot at the US Open slipped through his hands–in 1999, when the late, great Payne Stewart won it for the second time and struck a pose that is now etched in golfing folklore–something more significant happened. His daughter Amanda was born. And what is happening on the Thursday of this US Open at Erin, Wisconsin? Amanda is graduating. So where will Phil Mickelson be as the US Open tees off, which at 46, could conceivably be his last legitimate shot at the title? By Amanda’s side at Pacific Ridge School, California. It is a reminder that, lo and behold, there are bigger things in the world than golf. Even the pursuit to be just the sixth golfer ever to obtain a trophy cabinet that boasts all four majors, a feat that would put Mickelson’s name alongside legends Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and his great rival Tiger Woods.
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