The final round of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club certainly didn’t disappoint in terms of drama. Phil Mickelson started the day with a one shot lead but after a stretch of double bogey – birdie – double bogey, found himself on the outside looking in. He battled for much of the day, regaining a share of the lead at points during the round, but it wasn’t meant to be. Mickelson extended his record number of runner-up finishes in the U.S. Open to six.
It was a day of missed opportunities. There were more putts than you can count on one hand that burned the edge of the cup – several of which started to drop before lipping out. Had he converted on any of those chances he would have likely put himself in a playoff with Justin Rose, who went on to become the 2013 champion.
It many ways it was a typical major championship performance for Mickelson. He hit some golf incredible shots but also squandered more than a few opportunities. I imagine that went he got to the final stretch of holes he started to press, knowing that he had to make something happen. Nothing ever materialized, however.
In the end it was another hugely disappointing U.S. Open for Mickelson, even when it seemed like the stars had finally aligned for him. He even holed out a 78 yard eagle chip on the 10th hole from the rough to get moving back in the right direction. His last chance was another chip from well short of the green on 18, which he left woefully short.
In the end, this performance will not diminish Mickelson’s legacy in any way. He clearly won’t be happy with the outcome, but he certainly made it interesting.