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Phil Mickelson says Pinehurst No. 2 is ‘awesome'

Lefty will play first two rounds of the U.S. Open with defending champion Justin Rose

Phil Mickelson's quest for the career grand slam will begin alongside the man that beat him last year at Merion.

Mickelson will play the first two rounds of the U.S. Open with defending champion Justin Rose as well as reigning U.S. Amateur champion, Matthew Fitzpatrick. After winning the Open Championship last July, this marks Mickelson's first attempt to complete the career grand slam at the major that has eluded him the most - Lefty's record six runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open began at Pinehurst in 1999 and include 2013, when he finished two shots behind Rose.

Mickelson, Rose and Fitzpatrick will begin on No. 10 at 7:51 a.m. ET Thursday.

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