Jun 16th, 2016
Phil Mickelson wants to go over the edge!
Lefty wants them to crank Oakmont up to 11!
Words: Daniel Owen Photography: Getty Images
Somehow, and we'll never quite be sure exactly how, Phil Mickelson has a claret jug. But despite fluking his way into an Open, Mickelson has never won his home championship. He thinks his best chance this week is if the USGA take the U.S. Open "over the edge."
"After 25 years, you have to really know how to play this style of golf. It's not like going out and playing at any other golf course.
"This is a whole different style of golf, something that over the years I've become very effective at playing. Because of that, I would love to see it cross the line the way U.S. Opens often do, and become a little bit over the edge."
"I feel like I've learned how to play that style of golf, and this golf course, specifically.
"I feel like I've developed a game plan now coming in that will allow me to shoot the lowest score. But you still have to execute."
What is crazy is that Mickelson DOES know how to play this style of golf. There's no top golfer who can be more erratic than Lefty, yet at the hardest test in golf, Phil has knuckled down and nearly got the job done do many times. With six U.S.Open second place finishes he really should have the grand slam by now.
"There's no question that starting this year and every year here forward until I ultimately win this tournament, it will be my biggest thought, my biggest focus.
"I view those players that have won the four majors totally different than I view all the others.
"This is the tournament I want to win the most to complete the four majors, there's no question.
"You start thinking about results, you'll never play your best golf."
Phil's biggest issue is that he's got to the stage where he is over thinking it, he wants it too badly. Despite sounding like he's saying the right thing, we don't believe him. Rather than accepting he's one of the all time great players, which he is, he's put this final major up on a pedestal. He wants this last major so badly that it will probably be his undoing. We hope he proves us wrong.