And whilst the crushing nature of that defeat did not dangle Mickelson again — he went directly to win two extra majors — the recollections from Winged Foot will definitely without end persist with him.
Whilst that occupation grand slam nonetheless stays elusive to Mickelson as he returns to Winged Foot for the 120th US Open Championship, which starts on Thursday, something that has modified is his frame. He took to Twitter to turn his transformation since 2006, admitting he seems a bit of “other” now.
“Final time I used to be at Winged Foot, I used to be 36 years previous without a duty for my well being … After changing into in control of my very own well being, lately I go back to Winged Foot and let’s simply say I glance a bit of ‘other.'”
A difficult take a look at
When Mickelson misplaced that heartbreaker at Winged Foot 14 years in the past, the successful ranking was once 5 over par. The ranking to make the reduce that yr was once 13 over.
Against this to the 13 below Gary Wooded area shot in June ultimate yr to win the United States Open at Pebble Seashore, many expect any other over-par ranking to win the championship in 2020.
“If it will get company like one of the USGA guys (the match organizers) advised me they would like it to be, I do not see how any folks shoot below par. Or if we shoot below par, it might be anyone successful by way of so much.”
The person to overcome
In 10 PGA Excursion occasions, the 36-year-old has gained 3 and completed 2nd two times — together with ultimate month’s PGA Championship — and in addition gained the season-ending FedEx Cup name.
Coming into the United States Open, Johnson is undeniably the person to overcome, and he advised the media that he was once “happy” with the best way his recreation has been “clicking” in fresh competitions.
“I have spent numerous time with (trainer) Claude (Harmon III) and my brother operating at the placing and the entirety simply appears to be clicking at the moment. However I have unquestionably needed to installed numerous paintings to get to the place I am at. And clearly the sport’s excellent and it feels excellent.”
Growing higher recollections
“When I did not win the Masters that yr, that was once in point of fact difficult to take as a result of that was once the ultimate tournament my dad was once ever going to observe me play.
“He handed no longer too lengthy after that, and rather frankly, after I were given able for this tournament, I did not in point of fact put within the time. I did not in point of fact put within the apply, and as a result overlooked the reduce beautiful simply.”
Now the 44-year-old is again at Winged Foot hoping to create new, extra sure recollections as he goals to win his first US Open name since 2008.
Since golfing returned from the spoil, Woods has struggled for health and shape, taking part in in simply 4 PGA Excursion occasions, his perfect end coming on the PGA Championship when he tied for 37th.
“This yr I in point of fact have not putted in addition to I sought after to,” Woods stated, “and the days I did make a couple of swing errors, I overlooked it within the flawed spots. As a result, I simply did not have the proper seems at it. I have compounded errors right here and there that ended up no longer making me ready to make pars or a birdie run, and as a result I have never put myself in competition to win occasions.”