16 June 2011

Is this the Year Phil Mickelson Wins the US Open?

The 2011 edition of the U.S. Open is upon us at Congressional Country Club outside of our nation's capital in Bethesda, Maryland. And one of the favorites as usual is Phil Mickelson. But he has never won a U.S. Open before in his career, coming in second place five times. Will this finally be the year he claims the title as champion of the U.S. Open?
There was a time when Lefty was known as the golfer who could not win the big one. That ended when he won the 2004 Masters. He then proceeded to win the PGA Championship in 2005 and the Masters twice more in 2006 and 2010.
But winning the U.S. Open has been more a struggle. He has been agonizingly close and has never been able to reach the top of the mountain. Who can forget his collapse in 2006 at Winged Foot or his emotional runner-up in 2009? You can make a hell of a case that he is due, especially given the fact that the second-best golfer of his generation could've won all of those U.S. Opens if just one thing changed.
But I still do not think he will win this year's U.S. Open. He has never seen great success at Congressional in the past and I think that this is such a wide open field that someone off the radar will pull off the upset, and the guy I have in mind is Hunter Mahan.
Now do I think Phil will win a U.S. Open in his lifetime? Despite his age starting to become a factor of sorts, I do. I just can't see it this year.

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