On Thursday, Phil Mickelson will embark on his attempt to secure the title that has evaded him throughout his entire golfing life so far.
Mickelson has had a glistening career at the top of the game and has won almost every competition of note, but the US Open remains the one tournament that he is yet to triumph in.
Six times he has been runner-up, but he has never been able to lift the trophy above his head, and this week, when he tees off at Pinehurst, will be his 21st consecutive appearance at the competition.
It is a tournament that almost seems destined to evade him, but Mickelson will have to put the past to the back of his mind if he is to finally break the hoodoo.
It will be his first chance of going for the career grand-slam, after winning the British Open last year, and he will undoubtedly be desperately keen to achieve the incredible feat.
"I think when you start out, one of the ultimate goals you have as a player is to win a career grand slam," he told reporters in an interview with the Daily Mail.
"To be honest, I always thought it would be The (British) Open that would give me most trouble.
"As for the US Open, I've certainly had my chances but don't rule me out just yet. I still think I can win more than one."
If he is to secure the title for the first time he will not only have to beat history this year, but he will also have to beat the form-book.
Mickelson is yet to finish in a top ten in any competition he has played on the PGA Tour this season in 14 attempts, meaning he goes into the tournament short of momentum and confidence.
Lefty has said that he is trying to visualise his next shot and concentrate more on the course and knows he will need to show a dramatic improvement if he is to challenge at the top of the leaderboard this week.
He will be slightly more encouraged by his most recent display at the St Jude Classic, though.
Mickelson managed to finish in tied 11th position, equalling his best result of the season so far, and he will be looking to use that as a platform to build upon.
If he does not he could be in danger of a repeat performance of what happened to him in the year’s first major, the Masters.
At Augusta – where the 43-year-old is usually so successful – he missed the cut for the first time since 1997.
And, as a result, Mickelson will be hoping that, in what has been his worst campaign in recent memory, he will be able to finally find some form and put an end to the wait that has plagued him for his entire career.
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