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Phil: I can finish second again

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PINEHURST, N.C. – Phil Mickelson isn’t going to win that elusive U.S. Open title this weekend, but at least he has a sense of humor about it.

“If I play well [on Sunday], if I hit it better and make some putts, I think I can shoot 4 or 5 under par, end around even, finish second again,” he said with a smile.

Mickelson entered this week as the tournament’s biggest storyline, coming off his sixth career runner-up finish last year while trying to claim the career grand slam.



Following rounds of 70-73, he posted a 2-over 72 on a dastardly course Saturday, one which left him feeling optimistic about his game.

“It's unlikely to just turn on a dime,” he explained. “You have to take baby steps, if you will. So a good step for me is a good solid round for me tomorrow. I'll play a good solid round tomorrow, not really worry about the results and see if I can finish the year strong.”