UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Phil Mickelson will have to wait another year for a chance to complete the career Grand Slam.
Although he played well last week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic the 45-year-old, five-time major champion came to the U.S. Open with tempered expectations. He knew he was playing better, but just wasn’t quite sure when his complete game would click on all cylinders.
It seemed like Mickelson found answers at Chambers Bay during the first round when he shot 69 and was near the top of the leaderboard. The next two days were progressively worse as Lefty struggled to find fairways and greens. A third-round 77 put him out of contention completely.
Mickelson shot 69-74-77-73 for a 13-over-par 293 total and tied for 64th place.
In a statement Sunday, Mickelson said: “I enjoyed coming to Washington to play a major championship event. The people here appreciate the PGA Tour players and the U.S. Open and have really supported it. It was fun to play here. The community helped run a really first-class event and I wish I had played better.”
Mickelson has a record six second-place finishes at the U.S. Open. Next year it will be at Oakmont, a place where Mickelson missed the cut at the 2007 Open and tied for 47th place in 1994.