Mickelson looking to complete the Career Grand Slam
The golf world turns its attention to Phil Mickelson this week as he looks to complete his Career Grand Slam with a U.S. Open victory at Shinnecock Hills.
The U.S. Open remains as the only major championship Mickelson has yet to win. The five-time major champion has finished runner-up at the nation’s championship a record six times in his career, most recently at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.
“The biggest goal I have in my career is to win a U.S. Open,” Mickelson said. “I still have a good opportunity in a tournament that I’ve played well at in the past to break through.”
Mickelson will be on a familiar track this week at Shinnecock Hills, where he registered one of his six runner-up finishes at the 2004 U.S. Open. Despite the previous heartbreak at Shinnecock, Mickelson is full of confidence heading into the week.
“This year is a great chance for me, first of all because I am playing well,” Mickelson told Golf Digest. “I love the setup. I think it’s one of the best setups I’ve ever seen. The fairways are a fair width. I love the shaved areas around the holes that can take the ball much farther from the green as opposed to having to hack it out of uncontrollable rough,” Mickelson added. “Now you have a shot that is more in your control. I feel like skill is being brought into play. This is a golf course I love.”
Mickelson will tee it up in the tournament’s first two rounds in a star-studded group alongside 2011 U.S. Open Champion Rory McIlroy and 2015 U.S. Open Champion Jordan Spieth. The trio begins play at 8:02am ET Thursday morning.
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