Mickelson disappointed as Grand Slam bid falls short again

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Phil Mickelson’s hopes of completing the career Grand Slam of golf’s four majors may have been dashed forever as the six-times runner-up walked away from the U.S. Open on Friday with one of the worst 36-hole scores of his major career.

Mickelson shot a four-over-par 74 in tough second-round scoring conditions at a windy Winged Foot that left him at 13 over on the week and well outside the cut line of the only major tournament he has never won.

“It’s a terrific place to play golf and I’m appreciative of the opportunity to have been able compete here and I’m disappointed I didn’t play better,” said Mickelson.

The 50-year-old Mickelson was in danger of missing this year’s U.S. Open given his place in the world rankings but made it into the field as the COVID-19 outbreak led to a change in the exemption categories.

Mickelson, who last month won his debut on the PGA Tour’s over-50 circuit, said he had struggled under pressure at the testing Winged Foot course, where he suffered an infamous final-hole collapse in the 2006 U.S. Open.

I’ve been playing very well at home, and I get out here where the penalty for a mis-hit is severe, and I find myself getting a little tight and a little steery, and playing some of my worst golf,” said Mickelson.

“And that’s something I’ve got to work on and fix. When I go back home, I don’t have the stress and I seem to play just fine, but I’ve got to be able to bring it out here under these conditions.”

Mickelson now plans to take a few weeks off and was unsure if another U.S. Open chance awaits.

I don’t know,” Mickelson said when asked if he had given thought to whether this was his last crack at a U.S. Open title.

[Reuters]

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