Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
Edited by: Tommy Parrill (@DearTommy)
Just a few days ago on Father’s Day, we all thought that we would be witnessing another first in the world of professional golf. Phil Mickelson was going into the final round of the U.S. Open with a one-stroke lead and like he had done five times before, Lefty ended the final round as the U.S. Open runner-up. Whether you like Mickelson or not, you have to feel bad for the guy.
For the past decade, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have been the faces of golf. If you liked one, you despised the other, or rooted for the both of them because you like the feeling of riding the bandwagon. As popular as the both of them were, Phil was just a touch different because he was left-handed and he was the main competitor to America’s Golden Boy. Due to that fact, I have always enjoyed the way that Lefty plays the game (except for the time when I was one of the reasons that Mickelson withdrew from the 2012 Memorial Tournament, but I digress) and watching him succeed has made it that much better. He has won on some of golf’s biggest stages, but for some reason, the U.S. Open always has his number.
As I sat down with my dad this past Sunday to watch the U.S. Open, we both thought that this was the day that Mickelson was going to break the streak. It was Father’s Day and his 43rd Birthday, so it couldn’t have made for a better situation. Standing in his way was not only his bad luck at the Open, but also the fact that Merion Golf Club in eastern Pennsylvania has not been known to be “player friendly”, especially with the crap weather. Between a combination of his obstacles, Phil finished 2nd once again. This is a guy that has won 3 Masters Championships (2004, 2006, 2010) and 41 total PGA Tour events, but for at least another year, Mickelson will be without a U.S. Open victory.
I truly believe that before his career is over, Lefty will finally claim the victory that he has been oh-so-close to half a dozen times before. Like most of you out there, I will continue to root for Phil, and as for next year’s U.S. Open, I have a hunch that the ole lefty from San Diego is due. Just remember Phil, keep your chin up, stay positive, but hey, if you're not first, you're last.