Mickelson tries to get off the U.S. Open schneid
Over his long career, Phil Mickelson has had a special relationship with Pebble Beach Golf Links.
It was on the majestic coastal Northern California course where he made his PGA Tour debut in 1992. He’s also won here five times, his latest in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February, giving him his 44th career victory, thus tying him with Mark O’Meara for most wins ever there.
Now, the legend meets the legendary course once again as Mickelson tees it up at Pebble in the 119th U.S. Open, airing Thursday through Sunday, June 13-16, on Fox Sports 1 and Fox.
A win here this week would be momentus for the man known as Lefty, as it would give him a career Grand Slam, one of the few laurels that’s still missing from his impressive list of achievements. But while his history at Pebble suggests success is imminent, history in general does not as Mickelson, who turns 49 the day of the final round, is at an age where no golfer has ever won a major.
He’s certainly endured his share of heartbreak in the Open, finishing second six times, including a collapse in 2006 at Winged Foot that was brought about by ill-advised shot choices and a string of final-round bogeys at Merion that sunk his chances in 2013.
Now he can only hope his past success at Pebble will see him through and put an end to his futility at the U.S. Open. A little luck wouldn’t hurt either.
Full name: Philip Alfred Mickelson
Birth date: June 16, 1970
Birthplace: San Diego
Height/weight: 6 feet 3 inches/200 pounds
College: Arizona State
Turned Pro: 1992
PGA Tour wins: 44
Honors and Achievements: Masters Tournament champion (2004, 2006, 2010); The Open Championship winner (2013), PGA Championship winner (2005); World Golf Hall of Fame inductee (2012)