After winning his first Open Championship on Sunday with a final round for the ages, Phil Mickelson said the tournament he has had a “hate-love” relationship with was a tougher challenge for him to overcome than the U.S. Open that has broken his heart six times.
“This is the biggest challenge for me to overcome,” said Mickelson, who has had to familiarize himself with links golf.
He said the U.S. Open, where he has finished second a record six times, was “elusive,” but the Open Championship had been harder for him to get.
Mickelson is a U.S. Open win shy of joining Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen, and Ben Hogan as players career grand slam winners.
Next year’s U.S. Open will be played at Pinehurst, where Mickelson finished second to the late Payne Stewart in 1999 in what became one of golf’s indelible moments.