Mickelson targets US Open glory
After Rory McIlroy failed in his Grand Slam bid at the US Masters, Phil Mickelson is the next golfer to try and complete the clean sweep of golf's four Majors.
McIlroy looked in great position to get the final leg of the quartet when starting the final round at Augusta National in second place, but a closing round of 74 left him in a tie for fifth.
I think that it's one of those career milestones that sets you apart from all players, that shows that you're a complete player.Phil Mickelson
Mickelson has three Masters' Green Jackets and, like McIlroy, has also won the Open Championship and the USPGA. The missing Major in his collection is the US Open and it's been a continual source of heartbreak.
The left-hander finished a shot behind Payne Stewart in 1999 and has since been runner-up a further five times. One of those second places came at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in 2004 and the tournament returns there in June.
The 47-year-old realises that he won't get too many more opportunities and this could be an obvious one.
"The difficult thing for me is I continue to put a little bit too much pressure on myself in the Majors now because I know that I don't have a ton of time to win them, especially US Opens," said Mickelson.
"But these next two US Opens, Shinnecock and Pebble Beach (2019), give me two really good opportunities. So I need to keep my game, get my game sharp, but I really need to be on those weeks and in the past I've been on at Shinnecock and I'm hopeful to do it again."
Discussing the Grand Slam, the five-time Major winner said: "I think that it would be really cool if any of us were able to do it. I think that it's one of those career milestones that sets you apart from all players, that shows that you're a complete player.
"Rory and Jordan (Spieth), they won their Majors very early in their career. I didn't start until I was 33 and they're not even close to that. So they will get it done, but I need to get it done soon."
Mickelson is 28/1 to win the US Open, with Dustin Johnson 9/1, McIlroy 11/1 and Spieth 14/1.
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