Every discussion about Mickelson and U.S. Open has to include Winged Foot in 2006. He had a one-shot lead and made double bogey on the last hole by trying to hit 3-iron around a tree from left of the fairway. If he had punched it down the fairway, he had a good chance at par and at worst made bogey. Instead, he delivered a line that lives in U.S. Open infamy. “I am such an idiot,” he said.
As for Merion?
“This was my best chance of all,” Mickelson said. “I had a golf course I really liked. I felt this was as good as opportunity as you could ask for. It really hurts.”