After months of controversy, accusations and after the transition to the Arab Super League (the LIV Golf), Phil Mickelson at the US Open – starting June 16 in Brookline, Massachusetts – will seek the greatest feat of his career with the dream of completing the Grand Slam. In May 2021, at 50 years, 11 months and 8 days, he distinguished himself as the oldest winner of a Major thanks to the feat at the PGA Championship (which he had already made of him in 2015).
Phil Mickelson, history
“Lefty”, who has also won The Masters three times (2004, 2006 and 2010) and triumphed at The Open in 2013, has never managed to win the US Open. Which for him represents a haunted tournament. The southpaw from San Diego finished the show six times in second place and will try to break a taboo this year. Certainly not an easy feat for Mickelson (who was away from the green for four months, returning to the field last week in London for the first round of the Arab Super League), champion in difficulty.
Philip Alfred Mickelson (known as Lefty for his left handed swing even though he is right handed in everyday life) (San Diego, June 16, 1970) is an American golfer.
He is one of the best players of his generation and has won six major major tournaments: three times the Masters (in 2004, 2006 and 2010), two the PGA Championship (in 2005 and 2021) and once The Open Championship in the edition of the 2013. He is one of 13 players in golf history to have won at least 3 of the 4 majors and has also finished six times in second place in the US Open Championship but never managed to win this tournament.
With his victory in his second PGA Championship on May 23, 2021, he became, at 50, 11 months and 8 days, the oldest player to take the lead in one of four major tournaments. The exceptional performance on the Kiawah Island course – where he beat compatriot Bruce Koepka and South African Louis Oosthuizen, who were twenty years younger than his own, after an exciting three-way duel – came eight years after the last major won in 2013. Mickelson, who had progressively slipped past the hundredth position in the world rankings, suddenly rose to number 32.