SAN DIEGO – Phil Mickelson has a complicated relationship with both USGA and Torrey Pines, but he only had praise for the way the US Open was built this week.
“It is that Best I’ve ever seen, “said Mickelson, who made his 30th career start at this national championship.
It still didn’t lead to victory for Mickelson, the historic PGA champion who turned 51 earlier this week and will travel to Brookline next year in search of the final leg of the career grand slam. Despite slipping to the edge of the competition with a 69 on the second round, he was unable to maintain momentum over the weekend, scoring laps of 76-75. When he finished his round, the home hero had slipped out of the top 60. “Of course I’m disappointed that I didn’t play better,” he said. “But I’m very surprised that in the 30 years I’ve played the US Open, this is the best I’ve ever seen. I thought they did a remarkable job, and I’m really proud and happy to have it here at Torrey. “Mickelson particularly liked how the USGA liked some of Torrey’s tougher holes (like the # 11 and 12) made it even more difficult, while providing a scorable hole (like # 2) with even more opportunities for birdies.
“This type of setup allows players who play well to make up ground or to separate from the field “he said.
Mickelson’s review this week reflected a number of player comments on the setup, with Mackenzie Hughes, one of the 54-hole co-leaders, calling it” perfect “.
FROM Golf Channel Digital
BY Rex Hoggard
BY Rex Hoggard
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