Phil Mickelson, who holds three legs of the career “Grand Slam” of professional golf, said he will give Chambers Bay his extra attention in anticipation of the U.S. Open in June.
A three-time winner of the Masters, as well as an ex-British Open and PGA Championship champion, Mickelson has not won the national open — but has finished as the runner-up a record six times.
Mickelson is coming off a fine showing at last week’s Masters, tying for second with England’s Justin Rose at 14-under-par 274 — four strokes behind winner Jordan Spieth.
“I’ll spend a little bit of time at Chambers Bay,” Mickelson said. “When I played well and won (the British Open) at Muirfield in 2013, I really didn’t spend an inordinate amount of time on the golf course. I just got my game sharp, and I think I’ll probably take that approach more with Chambers Bay.”
Mickelson said he went into the Masters with a birdie-making mentality. He said he will have a far different approach at the links-style layout of Chambers Bay.
“I’ll try to play a more controlled style game, getting the ball in play, getting the short game sharp,” Mickelson said.
Mickelson’s last U.S. Open runner-up finish came to Rose at the 2013 tournament at Merion East — a championship he led in the final round.