Mickelson seeking Winged Foot redemption
Phil Mickelson (80/1 – US Open Outright) is seeking redemption at Winged Foot Golf Club this week with the 2020 US Open coming 14 years on from his near-miss at the venue.
Lefty is a five-time major winner, tasting glory at the Masters, USPGA Championship and the Open Championship in the past, but he has never been able to complete the Grand Slam by winning the US Open.
It is certainly not for the want of trying for the former world number two, as he has finished runner up or in a tie for second on six occasions at the event, most recently when Justin Rose claimed overall glory in 2013.
However, Mickelson’s nearest miss came when the US Open was last held at Winged Foot in 2006, as he held a one-stroke lead heading down the 72nd hole of the championship, but he promptly double-bogeyed to hand Australian Geoff Ogilvy the title.
Mickelson will now return to the scene of that near-miss for this week’s tournament, where he will be looking to right the wrongs of 14 years ago, although he admits, at the age of 50, it would be a bonus if he were to claim his first major title in over seven years.
“If I were to win this week, it would be a bonus,” Mickelson told the New York Post. “That’s the way I’m looking at it. I have an opportunity to have a bonus win that I didn’t expect in my career if I can put it all together this week.”
Mickelson will play alongside Englishman Paul Casey and world number two Jon Rahm for his opening two rounds in New York (1st round 3 balls – 19/20, Casey 11/5, Mickelson 13/5).
Other notable three balls include 15-time major winner Tiger Woods playing alongside US PGA champion Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas, while Dustin Johnson has been pitted with Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau.
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy, who will be looking to end his six-year wait for a fifth major title, will play alongside former champion Rose and 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott.