Finishing second in the recent FedEx, St. Jude Classic would prove to the springboard for golf legend, Phil Mickelson, as he goes all out to dislodge defending champion Jordan Spieth in the 2016 U.S. Open golf, which will be played from June 16 to 19 at the posh Oakmont Country Club in Plum, Pennsylvania, which is a suburb northeast of Pittsburgh.
Mickelson settled for a second-place finish in the FedEx St. Jude Classic, hopes that it would not be same with the U.S. Open, he hopes to break that “bridesmaid” curse as he aims for a career grand slam as he also celebrates his 46th birthday on the first round of the competition. Mickelson wants to finish this tournament on a high note as he has settled for second place in the last six U.S. Open tournaments.
However, before making his run for the title in the U.S. Open Mickelson flew back to San Diego to attend his daughter’s eight-grade graduation. This is not the first time that Mickelson left a tournament to attend to a very important family occasion, back in 2013 he had to leave Merion to attend then to his oldest daughter’s graduation. He did manage to return to compete in the tournament but settled for a second place behind Justine Rose.
From the column, here is Phil Mickelson's theory on golf courses and where Oakmont fits in: pic.twitter.com/MOBp63iuFW
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Mickelson will try to conquer the par 70 Oakmont Country Club in this year’s U.S. Open that will have four rounds to determine the champion. But standing in Mickelson’s way will be U.S. Open defending champion Jordan Spieth, who is out to bounce back from a 57th finish in the recent Memorial Tournament.
Aside from aiming to recover from a setback performance, the former world number one is also out to defend his title. He is also out to prove that his Master’s meltdown should not define him as a player but rather as the future of the sport. Aside from the U.S. Open, Spieth will also represent the United States to the upcoming Rio Olympics this August in Rio de Janeiro.
Other players who are included the top five golfers to watch for this U.S. Open include Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Rory McIlroy, and Branden Grace.
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This year’s U.S. Open covers a total of 7,219 yards (6,601 m) and will be the 116th U.S. Open golf tournament. It is the second of the four major championships in golf and is on the official schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. It is staged by the United States Golf Association (USGA) in mid-June, scheduled so that, if there are no weather delays, the final round is played on the third Sunday, which is Father’s Day.
The U.S. Open is the only one of the four major championships which retain a full 18-hole playoff the following day (Monday). If a tie exists after that fifth round, then the playoff continues as sudden-death on the 91st hole.
It will be an exciting U.S. Open as Mickelson aims to land a career major win and finally end the “bridesmaid” curse on him while Spieth is looking forward to the future and be the face of the future of the sport.
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