Lefty seeks career Grand Slam at Pebble Beach

Mickelson tries to get off the U.S. Open schneid

Phil Mickelson

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.

Phil Mickelson

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)

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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