SAN FRANCISCO – In his 21 previous starts at the U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson has come close to several times.
This week was obviously not one of them.
Mickelson, a five-time runner-up at this major, finished off his forgettable four days at The Olympic Club with an 8-over 78 that gives him a 16-over total. The 78 is his worst score at the U.S. Open since he shot 79 in the final round of the 1994 U.S. Open.
“if you played anything less than perfect golf it was extremely penalizing,” Mickelson said, “and I played far from perfect.”
Mickelson failed to produce a single birdie on Sunday, as he three-putt three greens; in fact, he made just five birdies all week compared to 21 bogeys. But Mickelson was quick to praise the condition of the greens.
“It was a challenging test,” Mickelson said. “I thought the great thing was how great the greens were. They were in fabulous shape. They putted very true.
“And I know that there were some question marks when they were being redone, but they really turned out fabulous and putted extremely well for all the players throughout the week.”