Mickelson has Palmer, Woods in his sights


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Phil Mickelson knows his place in history.

He knows how big of a deal it was for him to win the British Open last year because that made him one of 15 men who have won at least three different majors.

He knows that only five men have won all four. This summer at Pinehurst No. 2, Mickelson will have a chance to add his name to that illustrious list with a victory at the U.S. Open.

Mickelson knows he’s tied with five other men for 14th place with five majors. Lee Trevino and Nick Faldo are ahead of him with six apiece.

Even though these are facts that Mickelson is familiar with, it doesn’t mean that he thinks about it often. This week there is another goal.

“I do know that Arnold (Palmer) and Tiger (Woods) have four jackets and I have three,” Mickelson said Tuesday with a smile. “I know Jack (Nicklaus) has six, but nothing I can do about that right now. I’m just trying to get back to where the two ahead of me are.”