The stage was more than set for Phil Mickelson to win his first U.S. Open. It was Father’s Day, his birthday and he led by one stroke entering the final round of the tournament. Unfortunately, Mickelson did what he does best and he finished in second place once again in the Open.
Mickelson is a class act and he deserved to win. However, no one told Justin Rose that, who ended up hoisting the trophy with a two-stroke victory.
Tiger Woods dominates the headlines of golf. That is how it has always been and that is how it will always be–as long as he is still on the Tour. However, Mickelson was in the spotlight today and all eyes were on him and then some. This is the sixth time that he has finished as the runner-up in the Open and he is not getting any younger. Although golf has no age limit, time is running out for Mickelson to win this tournament. His confidence will likely be hurting beyond today–as it should.
Despite a 74 on the day, Mickelson gave it his all. Don’t mind the two double bogeys and three bogeys on the round. Being able to hit the ball a mile, have great approach shots and an impressive short game is key, but golf is a mental game and the mental side of the sport seemed to get the better of Mickelson on a day he should have won.
Mickelson is still a great golfer and finishing tied for second place will help him on the season, but “if you ain’t first, you’re last” could not be more true on this day.
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