And whereas the crushing nature of that defeat did not maintain Mickelson again — he went on to win two extra majors — the recollections from Winged Foot will little doubt ceaselessly persist with him.
Whereas the profession grand slam nonetheless stays elusive to Mickelson as he returns to Winged Foot for the 120th U.S. Open Championship, which begins on Thursday, one factor that has modified is his physique. He took to Twitter to indicate his transformation since 2006, admitting he appears to be like a bit “completely different” now.
“Final time I used to be at Winged Foot, I used to be 36 years outdated with no accountability for my well being … After turning into accountable for my very own well being, in the present day I return to Winged Foot and let’s simply say I look a bit ‘completely different.'”
A troublesome take a look at
When Mickelson misplaced that heartbreaker at Winged Foot 14 years in the past, the successful rating was 5 over par. The rating to make the minimize that yr was 13 over.
In distinction to the 13 below Gary Woodland shot in June final yr to win the U.S. Open at Pebble Seashore, many predict one other over-par rating to win the championship in 2020.
“If it will get agency like among the USGA guys (the match organizers) instructed me they need it to be, I do not see how any of us shoot below par. Or if we shoot below par, it might be any person successful by quite a bit.”
The person to beat
In 10 PGA Tour occasions, the 36-year-old has gained three and completed second twice — together with final month’s PGA Championship — and in addition gained the season-ending FedEx Cup title.
Coming into the U.S. Open, Johnson is undeniably the person to beat, and he instructed the media that he was “happy” with the best way his sport has been “clicking” in latest competitions.
“I’ve spent a whole lot of time with (coach) Claude (Harmon III) and my brother engaged on the placing and the whole lot simply appears to be clicking proper now. However I’ve undoubtedly needed to put in a whole lot of work to get to the place I am at. And clearly the sport’s good and it feels good.”
Creating higher recollections
“After I did not win the Masters that yr, that was actually powerful to take as a result of that was the final occasion my dad was ever going to observe me play.
“He handed not too lengthy after that, and fairly frankly, once I bought prepared for this occasion, I did not actually put within the time. I did not actually put within the follow, and consequently missed the minimize fairly simply.”
Now the 44-year-old is again at Winged Foot hoping to create new, extra optimistic recollections as he goals to win his first U.S. Open title since 2008.
Since golf returned from the break, Woods has struggled for health and type, taking part in in simply 4 PGA Tour occasions, his highest end coming on the PGA Championship when he tied for 37th.
“This yr I actually have not putted in addition to I needed to,” Woods mentioned, “and the occasions I did make just a few swing errors, I missed it within the unsuitable spots. Consequently, I simply did not have the fitting appears to be like at it. I’ve compounded errors right here and there that ended up not making me in a position to make pars or a birdie run, and consequently I have never put myself in rivalry to win occasions.”