Mickelson's close calls at US Open

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 7, 2014 at 9:56 am •  Published: June 7, 2014
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PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — A capsule look at the six runner-up finishes by Phil Mickelson in the U.S. Open:

YEAR: 1999.

COURSE: Pinehurst No. 2.

SCORES: 67-70-73-70--280.

RESULT: Runner-up, one shot behind Payne Stewart.

KEY MOMENT: Mickelson had a one-shot lead with three to play. Stewart made a 25-foot par putt on the 16th, a 4-foot birdie putt on the 17th and a 15-foot par putt on the 18th. Mickelson missed a 6-foot par putt on the 16th, an 8-foot birdie putt on the 17th and a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th.

PAIRING: Payne Stewart.

NOTEWORTHY: Mickelson played the entire tournament with a pager in his golf bag and said he would withdraw if his wife went into labor with their first child. Amy Mickelson gave birth to a daughter the next day.

QUOTEWORTHY: "I think it will be interesting to see if I'm able to break through when I get in this situation again." — Mickelson.

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YEAR: 2002.

COURSE: Bethpage Black.

SCORES: 70-73-67-70--280

RESULT: Runner-up, three shots behind Tiger Woods.

KEY MOMENT: Mickelson, five shots behind at the start of the final round, birdied the par-5 13th to get within two shots. Woods answered with a 2-iron onto the 13th green for a two-putt birdie. Moments later, Mickelson's tee shot on the 16th found the rough and he couldn't reach the green, making bogey.

PAIRING: Jeff Maggert.

NOTEWORTHY: Woods and Mickelson were the only players at par or better.

QUOTEWORTHY: "At that time, I don't think Phil had won a major. So the feeling from the crowd was like, 'Maybe this is the year.' But it wasn't that big of a deal like it is now." — Maggert.

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YEAR: 2004.

COURSE: Shinnecock Hills.

SCORES: 68-66-66-71--278

RESULT: Runner-up, two shots behind Retief Goosen.

KEY MOMENT: Tied for the lead on the par-3 17th, Mickelson hit into a bunker. He blasted out to 5 feet above the hole and three-putted for double bogey.

PAIRING: Fred Funk.

NOTEWORTHY: Goosen one-putted the last six greens.

QUOTEWORTHY: "It was like being in a morgue walking up the 18th." — Funk.

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YEAR: 2006.

COURSE: Winged Foot.

SCORES: 70-73-69-74--286.