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Golf Australia Express : June 2013-US OPEN
Normally a mainstay of Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, Lefty was a noticeable absentee from last week’s event, and he was spotted at Merion as recently as Monday, fine-tuning his game in the lead-up to the major. Who still says he’s not focused on one thing, and one thing only right now? Something Mickelson can take solace from is the fact the inimitable Nicklaus was a four- time US Open runner-up during his career. The Golden Bear finished with four US Opens in his trophy cabinet. By that logic, we could be writing about ‘five-time US Open champ Phil Mickelson’ in years to come. OK, perhaps not, but with such strong form shown in the tournament consistently—nine top 10s since 1995—watching Mickelson fulfill a golf fairytale at least once does not seem that farfetched an idea. If ever there was a golfer who seemed destined for US Open success, he is it. A favourite US son finally triumphant on US soil after five heartbreaking failings—sounds like something out of Hollywood, huh? BUT OF COURSE, golfing gods don’t always follow the script, and Mickelson could just as easily go down in history as ‘the best player never to win a US Open’. And there’s only one way to stop that from happening. Over to you Phil. OTG COVER WAIT A SECOND... PHIL'S US OPEN RECORD Re-live Lefty's five US Open runner-up finishes “I just can’t believe that Ididthat.Iamsuchan idiot. I just couldn’t hit a fairway all day.” 1999 2004 2002 2006 2009 CLICK ON IMAGES FOR INFO -PHIL MICKELSON, 2006 US OPEN
July 2013 - THE OPEN