Mickelson takes another shot at winning US Open

June 16, 2010 7:43:58 PM PDT
The U.S. Open gets underway Thursday and it is the one event Phil Mickelson has never won. He has come so close, most notably, the late meltdown at Winged Foot four years ago, after which Mickelson exclaimed "I'm such an idiot!"

Mickelson prepped at Pebble before the 110th U.S. Open gets under way. He's a five-time runner up in this event including last year. He played in his first U.S. Open on this course back in 1992.

He was asked what a win at this tournament would mean for him and what he thought about the course setup.

"Well, it would mean a lot to any player, myself included, given that I've come so close so many times. My special tie to Pebble Beach," said Mickelson.

Mickelson turned 40 on Wednesday, but doesn't feel like the door is closing on his ability to win majors.

"I feel like even though I'm 40, I'm playing some of my best golf," said Mickelson.

The U.S. Open is the most difficult major to win here in the states.

"Because it's always at different venue, it's difficult to get dialed in on one particular course," said Mickelson.

Well like any USGA course for the open, the rough is up, the fairways are narrow, and the poetic greens are like a hardwood floor in a gymnasium.

"I think it's the best U.S. Open setup I've seen. I think the one area of concern I have is the greens. They're so small and they're so firm, I think that the setup, as far as the rough fairway and shot making, I think a lot of those changes have been exceptional," said Mickelson.

Mickelson has 38 tour victories and four majors including this year's Masters, which was special as his wife Amy showed up despite her battle with breast cancer.

"I would love to play well and share another victory," said Mickelson.


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