Mickelson trying not to look ahead at another US Open chance

Mickelson trying not to look ahead at another US Open chance

Mickelson trying not to look ahead at another US Open chance

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If we've learned anything from his latest comeback, Tiger Woods can still putt a bit, too. And the crowds aren't even here yet.

Jordan Spieth now knows that when he's tied for the lead after 72 holes on Sunday, his work is not done.

When he went after the career Grand Slam for the first time past year at the PGA Championship, he wound up 10 shots back. There will not be much room for separation.

Has a major championship ever offered such a classic generational confrontation?

"I guess strategy changes a little from an entire round, but I honestly had no idea that it even changed", said Spieth, who will play the first two rounds this week with Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy.

Reed has been camped out in the area for more than a week, while Dustin Johnson arrived only on Sunday night, after winning in Memphis and regaining the world number one ranking.

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This is not a time for Mickelson, who turns 48 on Saturday, to be looking behind.

"And no, I don't like that feeling".

He hit one drive past Johnson on the par-5 fifth hole Tuesday that left him a 2-iron to the front of the green. "And recognizing that it's a long career, and, you know, results aren't going to come by wanting them to come". Second, this admission could lead you to believe that the three-time major victor is so locked in that he's planning on at least being in a tie for first.

"That's why they're out here", he said, buying even more time.

"I think they've got the balance right", Scott said. If not for getting in his own way, he might have more by now. It was the third runner-up spot of Mickelson's now record six U.S. Open seconds. Was that the worst one that got away? "I've certainly had a nice run where I've won a few".

Just last season it seemed that a generational handoff had already occurred.

"There's no doubt about it, the U.S. Open is tough for him", his former swing coach, Hank Haney, told ESPN.com.

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Tiger Woods has revealed the motivation to stay aboard his US$20million ($28.5 million) yacht during his anticipated US Open return is to avoid Long Island's infamous traffic.

The oldest player to win the U.S. Open was Hale Irwin, who was 45 when he won at Medinah in 1990 - Mickelson's first major.

This week marks the 10-year anniversary of Woods' iconic US Open victory at Torrey Pines, his last win on golf's biggest stage.

"It's gotten better", Woods responded in a tone offering no opportunity for further discussion.

Woods said he stayed with Shinnecock Hills members when he played as an amateur in the 1995 U.S. Open, and near the course in 2004.

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"After a double bogey, you can't just say, "I'll make two birdies to make up for it.' How many birdies are you going to make at a U.S. Open?"

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In the interim, of course, health issues - he wondered past year if he'd get healthy enough to play with his kids again - and off-the-course problems have stymied his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' record 18 majors.

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