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Golf Australia Express : June 2013-US OPEN
U S OPENS ARE DIFFICULT TO WIN AT THE BEST OF TIMES. Tricked up courses, gnarly rough and mean pin placements make it undoubtedly the toughest of golf’s four majors. Holding aloft the storied US Open trophy is an even more difficult prospect if your name is Phil Mickelson. The man known as ‘Lefty’ just can’t seem to get it all right at the year’s second major. He has been closer to the title than any other player, amassing a total of five ‘close but no cigar’ finishes at the year’s toughest major. But as they say, nothing worth doing is easy. Hey, Phil? Ironically, Mickelson has long been content with the number ‘two’. He was happy enough as the No.2 golfer in the world for a fair chunk of his hall-of- fame career. And he’s certainly more than comfortable being golf’s second highest earning player behind Tiger Woods, with just a tick under $70 million in prizemoney alone. (Just don’t mention taxes.) But money isn’t everything. Not to Phil. The US Open is—at least it will be come June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club. Despite his own understated hush about this year’s event, make no mistake about it; Mickelson wants this title. Badly. "Five times I've had opportunities, I've come close. Could have, should have won a few of those. And that gives me the belief that I can be in contention Sunday in this tournament." COVER
July 2013 - THE OPEN