Phil Mickelson will look to add a number of accolades to his decorated PGA Tour career when he tees off in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines this week. Only one month removed from his historic PGA Championship victory, Mickelson now has a chance to complete the career Grand Slam in his home state of California.
A victory would make Mickelson just the sixth golfer to win all four of the PGA Tour's modern majors, joining Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods. He would also become the oldest player to win the U.S. Open. Finally, a victory would mark Mickelson's 15th professional victory in California, the most ever by a single golfer.
"It's a unique opportunity because I've never won a U.S. Open,'' Mickelson said Monday after a practice round at Torrey Pines. "It's in my backyard. I have a chance to prepare properly, and I wanted to put in the right work."
Mickelson has been playing at Torrey Pines since his childhood and has three professional victories at the course. Due to a course redesign, Mickelson has had to put in extra work to relearn the course where he had become so comfortable.
“What’s happened for me is I spent so many hours as a kid that, when the course was redesigned, all that local knowledge went away,” Mickelson added. “I really made an effort here, having the last week off, to spend time out here and really learn, relearn the greens.”
Mickelson will be in a featured group with Max Homa and Xander Schauffele for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open. The group will tee off at 11:36am ET on Thursday and 4:36pm ET on Friday.
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