Lefty seeks ca­reer Grand Slam at Pebble Beach

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Player Profile -

Over his long ca­reer, Phil Mick­el­son has had a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with Pebble Beach Golf Links.

It was on the majestic coastal North­ern Cal­i­for­nia course where he made his PGA Tour de­but in 1992. He’s also won here five times, his lat­est in the AT&T Pebble Beach Na­tional Pro-Am in Fe­bru­ary, giv­ing him his 44th ca­reer vic­tory, thus ty­ing him with Mark O’Meara for most wins ever there.

Now, the leg­end meets the leg­endary course once again as Mick­el­son tees it up at Pebble in the 119th U.S. Open, air­ing Thurs­day through Sun­day, June 13-16, on Fox Sports 1 and Fox.

A win here this week would be mo­men­tus for the man known as Lefty, as it would give him a ca­reer Grand Slam, one of the few lau­rels that’s still miss­ing from his im­pres­sive list of achieve­ments. But while his his­tory at Pebble sug­gests suc­cess is im­mi­nent, his­tory in gen­eral does not as Mick­el­son, who turns 49 the day of the fi­nal round, is at an age where no golfer has ever won a ma­jor.

He’s cer­tainly en­dured his share of heart­break in the Open, fin­ish­ing sec­ond six times, in­clud­ing a col­lapse in 2006 at Winged Foot that was brought about by ill-ad­vised shot choices and a string of fi­nal-round bo­geys at Me­rion that sunk his chances in 2013.

Now he can only hope his past suc­cess at Pebble will see him through and put an end to his fu­til­ity at the U.S. Open. A lit­tle luck wouldn’t hurt ei­ther.

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