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On his birthday, Phil Mickelson gives himself the gift of a decent round

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Phil Mickelson during Round 2. He looked pretty much the same in Round 3. (Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson wants to win a U.S. Open. Badly. Very, very badly. But unless he's able to shoot a 59 on Sunday, it's likely he'll have to wait another year. And he's not particularly happy about that.

[Related: Tiger Woods on the outside looking in after lackluster Round 3]

On his 42nd birthday, Mickelson turned in a decent enough performance, a two-birdie, three-bogey one-over 71. It's the same score he carded on Friday, and were it not for his horrendous +8 Thursday, he'd be right in contention. With that in mind, he wasn't in much of a chatty mood afterward, even though the crowd at 18 sang "Happy Birthday" to him:

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Yes, that's exactly 33 words from Phil. Not his most eloquent performance. But hey, tomorrow is a new day ... and 2013 is a new U.S. Open.

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