PHIL MICK­EL­SON

Golf World (UK) - - US OPEN -

Best US Open fin­ish: 2nd, six times Fin­ish in 2004: 2nd

He couldn’t, could he? Lefty turns 48 on the Satur­day and the US Open is all he needs for the ca­reer Grand Slam. But it’s a long shot. His US Open record — ten top-10s in all — is one of golf’s big­gest anom­alies. You’d never think some­one as in­ac­cu­rate off the tee could ever thrive at a US Open where the fair­ways are typ­i­cally very nar­row and the rough darkly malev­o­lent. He’s play­ing well and the de­sire burns as brightly as ever. To­gether with an in­cred­i­bly imag­i­na­tive short game and long, lim­ber swing that keeps on re­peat­ing de­spite his pso­ri­atic arthri­tis, it will keep him chas­ing this ti­tle into his 50s. Don’t count him out… but don’t ex­pect too much.

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