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