SAN FRANCISCO – One simple fact sums up Phil Mickelson’s week at the U.S. Open: He made five birdies and 21 bogeys.
Mickelson shot a final-round 78 that included eight bogeys and ended with a 16-over-par 296 total to tie for 65th place. It was his worst finish in a U.S. Open since he missed the cut in 2007.
Mickelson arrived at The Olympic Club excited for a grouping with Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson over the first two rounds. He made it clear that he didn’t love the setup at Olympic but the head-to-head nature of the match-up with Woods, along with his search for a first U.S. Open title, got his juices flowing.
But now looking back on it all, a bizarre beginning set the tone for the week. Mickelson’s first tee shot on Thursday found a tree and he never found it. He scrambled to make bogey but made two more to open with three consecutive and ultimately shot 76. He rebounded with consecutive 71s before the final-round debacle.
Mickelson never felt comfortable and never gained any momentum. He missed numerous fairways (hitting 29 of56) and didn’t do much better hitting greens (40 of 72). He walked away disappointed but put on a happy face one last time on the way out of town.
“It was a challenging test,” Mickelson said. “I know that there were some question marks when they were being redone, but they really turned out fabulous and putted extremely well for all the players throughout the week.”