Now I probably don’t need to mention which major starts this thursday; but just in case, the US Open gets underway tomorrow and amongst the 156 players competing at Pinehurst will be Phil Mickelson.
The US Open is the one major which has evaded lefty - finishing second six times - including a second place finish to Payne Stewart here in 1999 just days before the birth of his first child :
"The history that I've had here and how much of a great story it would be and how much it would mean to me to win here with what happened with Payne Stewart and my child and all these things, that makes it more difficult as well. I tend to do something, play better, like at Muirfield last year when nobody really expects it and I just kind of come out of nowhere and know that I can do it and not really have to answer questions about it. So these are all challenges that I'm facing this week, but I'm also enjoying it and I love being here."
Mickelson also placed second last year, ultimately finishing two strokes behind Justin Rose and the Englishman is relishing the challenge of becoming the first back-to-back champion since Curtis Strange in 1989:
“For me being defending champion, I don't even like that word, defending, because it puts you in already behind the eight ball. You don't want to be out there being defensive at all. So I'm just really excited about the opportunity this week presents. Obviously, it is only one guy who has the opportunity to repeat, and but I'm seeing that as a pressure-free situation. Like you said, these tournaments are so hard to win, I'm just going to enjoy the challenge of trying to do that."
Our very own Cara Robinson is at Pinehurst ahead of Thursday’s first round and she caught up with the man with more victories than anyone else on US Soil this year; three-time winner Jimmy Walker.
Well that’s all for today, join us tomorrow as we preview the opening round of the 2014 US Open. In the meantime follow us on Twitter @golfingworldtv and we’re on Facebook and Instagram too.
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