Not Englishman Kenneth Ferrie. He had no angst at all, even though he was participating in his first major tournament in America and was teamed with the guy almost everyone wanted to win.
As he stepped onto the tee on No. 1, Ferrie thought he was going to be the one to walk away from Winged Foot on Sunday with the $1,225,000 top prize.
'I kind of had a bit of a serene feeling,' he said. 'I can't explain it, I don't know why. I kind of had a sneaking suspicion maybe today was meant to be my day. Lots of players say when it's their week, things go their way and they feel a certain way.
Ferrie maintained that winning feeling after parring the fist six holes. But his putter didn't maintain that positive vibe, and he bogeyed four of the next five holes to fall out of contention.
He finished with a 76 for an 8-over 288 total, good for a sixth-place tie.
'I couldn't buy a putt today. That was the problem. Lots of fairways, lots of greens, lot of putts,' he said. 'It was just one of those days. The birdies that went in the first three rounds didn't go in today, and I didn't make too many saves either.
'Six bogeys and 12 pars was about as bad as it could have been,' he concluded.
Ferrie came in tied for the lead with Mickelson, who ultimately experienced his own collapse with a double bogey on 18.
'I'm sure he didn't play his best, but he hit it where he needed to make his saves,' Ferrie said of Mickelson. 'It was kind of a comedy of errors. I feel for him.'
Maybe because he knows what it's like to let a potential victory slip away. Ferrie three-putted on Nos. 7 and 8, and any shot he had of rebounding ended with bogeys on 10 and 11.
'I'll wake up tomorrow when I get back home, sit down and look at things and analyze what happened,' he said. 'I'm sure I'll be really pleased with what I've done this week.'
Ian Poulter wasn't content with merely proving that he's an excellent golfer. He also made a fashion statement Sunday while vying for the U.S. Open title.
The 30-year-old Englishman wore a pink shirt, pink pants and had his caddied tote a pink bag that listed Poulter's Web site (ianpoulter.com).
'I like the color pink. I thought it would be appropriate for Sunday,' said Poulter, who has won six tournaments on the European tour.
One of his head covers was a caricature of himself, with spiked hair and a pink visor. His corporation is selling a limited edition of 300 of them, and Poulter knew a fine performance Sunday could only boost sales.
'It can only help,' he said. 'I'm a noticeable character out there anyway, everybody knows that. It's not just this week's performance that people are going to notice. I am playing great golf and I have been for the last few months.'
Poulter, who teed off in the penultimate twosome with winner Geoff Ogilvy, shot a 74 Sunday to tie for 12th at 9 over.
But he sure put on a show doing it.
'The New Yorkers had a lot to say,' Ogilvy said. 'In New York they've got to yell at somebody, and they decided to yell at the guy that's dressed in pink.'
A quirky putter deprived J.B. Holmes from deriving maximum satisfaction out of playing the final round of the U.S. Open.
Holmes, a strong candidate for PGA Tour rookie of the year honors, shot a second straight 75 to tied for 48th at 17-over 297.
'I should have shot a 65 today, I putted that bad,' he said. 'I had 35 putts yesterday and 36 today. C'mon. Even if you putt bad, you should have 31, 32 putts.
'I feel like I can compete in a major. I'm a good enough ball-striker. I've just got to learn how to putt.'
Holmes last played in the U.S. Open as an amateur in 2003 and failed to make the cut. He entered this Open with far more confidence, because he's already got one win (FBR Open) and two top-10 finishes.
'I've played in tour events all year, made cuts, been successful out there. I'm playing the same people,' he said. 'Being in a major is a big deal, but I looked at it as just another tour event. That's why it's disappointing to play like this.'
I WALK ALONE
Tim Herron decided against playing the final 18 holes with a partner, so he walked the course alone Sunday after starting the round as the lone player at 18 over.
As he walked up the 18th fairway, Herron was a solitary figure while his caddie struggled to keep pace.
If nothing else, Herron's decision to walk alone made for a quick work day. He started at 9:50 a.m. and plunked in a par putt on 18 at 12:32 p.m.
Given the option of taking a partner or doing it alone on Saturday, John Cook took on club pro Andrew Svoboda and carded a 74.
Herron went the other way and shot a 77 to finish 63rd at 25 over.
Afterward, he declined to explain his decision.
'I'm done. Sorry,' he told reporters.
Peter Hedblom, who aced the par-3 third hole on Saturday, double-bogeyed the same hole Sunday. ... Colin Montgomerie's second-place place finish was the best at the Open since a second in 1997. He has five top-10 finishes. ... Four players eagled the par-4, sixth hole: Kent Jones, Steve Stricker, Jeff Sluman and Henrik Stenson. The pin was in front of the green, which made the hole 307 yards instead of the usual 321.