Second Time's the Charm?

Mickelson looks to complete the Career Grand Slam with second win of the season at Pebble Beach

Another year, and another opportunity for Phil Mickelson to join one of golf’s most exclusive clubs

This week, the five-time major champion has a chance to become only the sixth player in the history of the game to complete the Career Grand Slam, as the golf world shifts its attention to the 119th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Mickelson’s record at the U.S. Open is well-known at this point, having finished runner-up six times in 27 career starts at the major championship, most recently in 2013 at Merion Golf Club. It’s no secret that it’s the championship Mickelson wants the most.

“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.”

If there’s one thing that should give Mickelson confidence heading into the week, it’s his track record at Pebble Beach. Lefty has won five professional tournament titles at the seaside golf links, including the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last February. But while the surroundings may be familiar, Mickelson knows that the golf course will be significantly different from four months ago.

“The fairway cuts are different, the firmness of the greens – the U.S. Open is a different animal,” Mickelson said. “The only area that there is some correlation is on the greens. Putting the greens, knowing the greens, knowing the breaks. Putting that poa annua (grass) can be difficult, and I seem to have done it well.”

Mickelson will tee it up in the tournament’s first two rounds alongside 2016 U.S. Open Champion Dustin Johnson and 2010 U.S. Open Champion Graeme McDowell. The trio begins play at 8:13am PT Thursday morning, followed by a second round start time of 1:58pm PT on Friday.

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