It’s Phil’s Day at Merion
by Jeff Skinner
The White Whale has been spotted. The Holy Grail is within reach. Phil Mickelson is a few pars and birdies from his most coveted championship. Phil has come up short so many times at the U.S. Open with his record five second place finishes that Father’s Day has become a painful day for all his fans.
He’s been so close before only to see it slip away at his own hand or taken from him by his competitors. But he’s never held the lead at the start of the final round and today he wakes up with a one stroke lead at his most elusive championship.
Phil wants to win this one in the worst way. He has also lost this one in the worst way when he bounced one off the tent at Winged Foot in 2006. He appreciates where he is today and relishes his opportunity to finally bring one home. “For me, this is a tournament that I’ve wanted and has meant so much to me over the years, and I’ve come so close over the years that it would be extra special if I were able to finally capture one. But I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me. It’s going to be a fun challenge. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Disclaimer: I am a Phil Mickelson fan. I appreciate his miraculous golfing skills, his Palmer-Like disposition on the course and his family-first approach off it. This would be a crowning moment for Phil, the absolute pinnacle of his Hall of Fame career. He deserves a win here. If there is a Golf God with one bit of fairness or sentimentality in his soul Phil will be hugging that U.S. Open Trophy tonight.
There’s no objectivity in this piece today. I am a Phil fan and so desperately want him to win this thing.