Phil Mickelson and the U.S. Open

Golf Digest writers and editors discuss Phil Mickelson, his many Open heartbreaks, and his chances of ever winning a U.S. Open.

Released on 6/16/2015

Credits

Executive Producer: Harris Levinson

Transcript

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The first word when you think about Phil Mickelson
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and the U.S. Open is heartbreak.
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Agony.
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He's just this close.
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It's become his white well.
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Epic fail.
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Man, Phil Mickelson and the U.S. Open, that poor bastard.
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He's such a fan favorite in the U.S. Open,
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it's certainly the people's major
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and it's the one that I think
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he always wanted to win most.
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And the fact that he's had six runner-up finishes
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is pretty heartbreaking for everyone in golf.
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I think it's a combination of bad luck
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and maybe just wanting it too much.
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He's had so many chances and you can just see
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how badly he wants that particular tournament.
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I don't think that anybody would look at Phil's game
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and say that's a prototypical U.S. Open style game.
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What Phil's done is he's found a way
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to hang in there over and over again.
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He's not a particularly straight driver
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but he's a great par maker.
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And he's really accessed his short game skills
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to hang in there and keeping making par
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and stay in the hunt in all these U.S. Opens.
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I think it shows what a great competitor he is,
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more than anything.
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No one's had a title elude them
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the way that the U.S. Open has with Mickelson.
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There's a surreal quality, we think almost like golf Gods
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are conspiring against him.
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Phil's most famous loss is at Winged Foot.
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It was so dramatic because it all happened
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on 18 where he mixed double.
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He only needs a par to win,
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bogey gets him into a play off
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and he hits probably the worst drive of his career.
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Sails it way left, it monster sliced into a tent.
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He hits a horrible 2nd shot as bad as his drive.
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Hits it right into the tree and now he is dead.
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That's where he lost it.
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But I don't think it was a defeat based on strategy.
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It was based on execution.
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He hit two horrible shots in a row.
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I think as a fan you desperately
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want him to win this title.
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Fact is, the reality, time's running out.
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I don't think Phil Mickelson will ever win the U.S. Open.
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Bad luck, bad decisions, bad shots.
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They're happening too often and too consistently
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for it to be some sort of thing that he gets over.
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All things in a metaphysical sense
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are conspiring against him too.
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Part of the tragedy is quite frankly he's fallen short.
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There were instances where he had it right there
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and he just couldn't pull it off.
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And for all the victories he's got in his career
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and for all the accolades and the hall-fame career
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that it's been, I've got to think at some point
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he's going to look back and go, how did I not win
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one of these things?
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