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February 4, 2013 | Associated Press
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Phil Mickelson completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Phoenix Open, again flirting with history in a dominating four-day run at TPC Scottsdale. Mickelson shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday to finish at 28-under 256, 2 strokes off the PGA Tour record of 254 set by Tommy Armour III in the 2003 Texas Open. Mickelson missed a chance for a 59 in the first round when his 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole caught the right edge of the cup and stayed out. He settled for a 60 and followed with rounds of 65 and 64 to take a 6-stroke lead into the final round.
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June 12, 2013
The Daily News covers the Open: Check out PhillyDailyNews.com's U.S. Open page for our coverage of the tournament at Merion .   THE ASSIGNMENT was concise when it was handed to me last week, stating: Cooney - Mickelson. The day at Merion Golf Club would apparently be a simple one, which would include following the world's No. 10 player, Phil Mickelson, through a practice round, asking a few questions at a news conference, probably watching some other players and then writing a story about Lefty's preparation and mindset and all the other subjects that appear more important to golfers than other professional athletes.
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September 26, 2012 | Associated Press
MEDINAH, Ill. - No other trio of American golfers has qualified for more consecutive Ryder Cup teams than Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk. Collectively, they have won 146 official tournaments around the world, including 19 majors. That only makes their Ryder Cup record look all the more inferior. They have been the core of the U.S. team since 1997 at Valderrama, where they combined for a 3-6-1 record as the United States lost the cup. Perhaps it was a sign of what was to come.
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June 18, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. ? The top two players in the world couldn't come up with a single birdie between them Thursday in the opening round of the U.S. Open at the sun-drenched Pebble Beach Golf Links. But while Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson struggled to make putts, birdies were no problem for Shaun Micheel (No. 200 in the world) and Brandon De Jonge (No. 169), who joined Paul Casey (No. 9) in a tie for the lead after the opening 18. Playing in the afternoon, when the course was firmer and faster, the three pacesetters each carded 2-under-par rounds of 69. Micheel and Casey birdied the 18th hole to share the top spot, while De Jonge got there with the help of a pitch that fell for an eagle at the par-5 14th.
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September 30, 2012 | By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press
MEDINAH, Ill. - Keegan Bradley made Friday at the Ryder Cup feel like the best day of his life, and it wasn't too shabby for the rest of the Americans. Bradley led a strong performance by rookies on both teams at Medinah by teaming with Phil Mickelson for two wins against Europe's best two partnerships. Even with Tiger Woods getting shut out on opening day for the fourth time, the United States took a big step toward regaining the cup by taking a 5-3 lead. Leading the way was Bradley, the former PGA champion whom Mickelson took under his wing last year for a series of money games at the majors to prepare the New England kid for moments like this.
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June 14, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SAN FRANCISCO - Phil Mickelson admits that he's had problems this year with "mental lethargy" while starting out in golf tournaments, an issue that would have him climbing a steep mountain should it strike in Thursday's first round of the U.S. Open. But Mickelson feels no sign of sluggishness on the horizon this week. That's because he is teeing off with Tiger Woods and Masters champion Bubba Watson in the featured Open grouping of Thursday morning at the Olympic Club. When Mickelson arrives for his 7:33 a.m. (10:33 a.m. in Philadelphia)
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June 17, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - An accurate illustration of heartbreak in golf can be traced to Phil Mickelson and his five runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open. There was the excitement of his second-place showing at the 1999 Open at Pinehurst, where he was disappointed to lose on Payne Stewart's 20-foot par putt on the last hole, then elated over the birth of his first child the next day. There was the bitter taste of blowing the lead in 2006 going into the 72d hole at Winged Foot.
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April 12, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The air of madness, of tinkering and tampering and seeking an advantage, has been replaced with an air of desperation. Phil Mickelson asked Callaway to create a special driving wood for him. He will use a SuperStroke putter grip, one of those jumbo sleeves used by K.J. Choi, which feels like a baseball bat and is designed to minimize hand action. Watching Mickelson putt with a jumbo grip is like watching Baryshnikov dance with a knee brace. He put the grip on a white-and-black half-mallet, an inelegant concession next to his usual cool, black putter head.
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February 3, 2013
In front of 179,022 - the largest crowd in golf history - Phil Mickelson birdied the final four holes and five of the last six for a 7-under 64 and a 6-stroke lead at the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday. Mickelson has led after each round, opening with a 60 and shooting a 65 on Friday. He fell a stroke short of the PGA Tour record for the first 54 holes, and matched the tournament mark set by Mark Calcavecchia in 2001. In the United Arab Emirates, Stephen Gallacher shot a 10-under 62 to take a 3-shot lead at the Dubai Desert Classic, finishing with a 21-under 195 over three rounds to break Tiger Woods ' 2001 tournament record by a stroke.
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June 18, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Usually, when Phil Mickelson tees off in any tournament on the PGA Tour, Amy Mickelson is there to join in the applause and walk all 18 holes, providing love and encouragement. Today, however, Amy Mickelson will be missing from behind the ropes when the throaty New York throng with its deafening applause welcomes her husband to the 10th tee for his start at the U.S. Open, on the Black course of Bethpage State Park. The breast cancer of Amy Mickelson, a mother of three and the leader of her husband's support network, was diagnosed last month.
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June 19, 2015 | Marcus Hayes, Daily News columnist
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - This is not the Phil we know. This Phil laid up with a 6-iron on a 304-yard par-4. This Phil had the lead, leaked oil on the back nine and said he was "really pleased to be under par. " This Phil said he was nervous at the start. This Phil missed putts on 16, 17 and 18 that would have made the crowd of faithful Phil-istines explode with cheers to echo over the Puget Sound and back again. Phil Mickelson has never won a U.S. Open. He has finished second a record six times.
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April 14, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The people who follow professional golf always have sought the next great player since before the days of Arnold Palmer. They found one 18 years ago at the Masters where 21-year-old Tiger Woods set records that few thought would ever be approached. Then Jordan Spieth came along last year and displayed his talent and his competitive nature right away, entering the final 18 holes of his first Masters with a share of the lead. Although he eventually lost to Bubba Watson, he created a buzz where people expected he would contend again someday at Augusta National Golf Club.
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April 13, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The birdies for Jordan Spieth in his first 52 holes of the Masters were flowing like the waters of Rae's Creek as he became only the second player in the history of this venerable event to reach 18-under par. But golf can be a cruel game, and Spieth felt it smack him Saturday at the 17th hole of Augusta National Golf Club, where a bad drive, a bad chip, and a couple of bad putts led to a double bogey and gave hope to pursuers Phil Mickelson...
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June 17, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PINEHURST, N.C. - All one needs to know about Erik Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, could be found Sunday by his play on the 18th hole at the U.S. Open after Martin Kaymer already had cemented the victory. "I hit the world's worst shot in to the green and got up and down" for par, Compton said after tying for second place with Rickie Fowler in only his second Open appearance. "You can't ever give up. We all have adversity in our lives. Some are different than others, some are more major.
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June 15, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PINEHURST, N.C. – Putting continues to be a source of frustration for Phil Mickelson at the U.S. Open, and he admitted Friday that it is affecting his overall play. Mickelson, a six-time runner-up in the Open, saw a promising start to his second round go sour, and his 3-over-par round of 73 left him at 143 and far off the blistering pace set by Martin Kaymer. The 34 putts he needed on the day said it all. "I feel like I'm playing well enough to win except for putting," he said.
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June 14, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PINEHURST, N.C. - Phil Mickelson continues to tinker with his game to figure out a way to finally break through for a U.S. Open victory after finishing in second place on six occasions. Mickelson brought the "claw" putter grip - with the left hand pushing and guiding the stroke through - into the competition but still needed 31 putts in a round of even-par 70 that left him 5 shots out of the lead after the opening 18 holes at Pinehurst No. 2. Mickelson called his putter "the one club that is hurting me. " He said the claw grip, which he insists is not long-term, helps him with alignment.
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June 13, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PINEHURST, N.C. - Even if Tiger Woods and his recuperating back were here this week, this U.S. Open would mostly belong to Phil Mickelson. As it was, in many ways, last June at Merion, when Mickelson flew cross-country on the eve of the first round to attend his daughter Amanda's eighth-grade graduation, then led the championship from the start until the final few holes. He had to settle for his sixth runner-up in this major, which extended his own record for futility in the event.
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June 13, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
PINEHURST, N.C. - They say they love it. For now. Phil Mickelson called the rustic redesign of Pinehurst No. 2 "awesome" and "wonderful. " Rory McIlroy said it looks "fantastic. " Bubba Watson complained a little and Mickelson called one hole boring, but, as a whole, the professionals who will try to conquer this 7,500-yard period piece say that they like its new look and feel. For now. As usual, the U.S. Open will require patience and perseverance. But this one, on a course 300 yards longer than it was for the 1999 and 2005 Opens, will be different from usual, thanks to the innovations from Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore.
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June 12, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PINEHURST, N.C. - It all started here in 1999, when Phil Mickelson famously lost the U.S. Open to Payne Stewart by one on a closing 15-foot par putt. Three years later at Bethpage, he again finished second, three behind Tiger Woods. In 2004, he was runner-up, by two, to Retief Goosen at Shinnecock Hills. In 2006, going for his third straight major, Mickelson blew a 1-shot lead with a 72nd-hole double bogey at Winged Foot. In 2009, back at Bethpage, he lost by a deuce to Lucas Glover.
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June 12, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PINEHURST, N.C. - The most recent recollection of Phil Mickelson in the U.S. Open came on a Sunday evening last year at Merion Golf Club where he dashed out of the valley in front of the 18th green to see if his 35-yard pitch shot had gone in the hole. The ball rolled past the cup. Mickelson's shoulders slumped and his head dropped. The missed shot meant that he would finish second for the sixth time, prompting him to say, "I just keep feeling heartbreak" after this Open had ended.
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