Lefty’s Loss

On the 13th hole of the 113th United States Open outside of Philadelphia, television cameras caught a family with a homemade “Happy Birthday Phil” sign along with a woman holding a birthday cake.

That’s how badly everyone wanted Phil Mickelson to – at long last – walk away with his first U.S. Open title.

He’s won major championships before and will become a part of the World Golf Hall of Fame when he retires, but his 43rd birthday might have been his best (and last) chance of winning the title he’s not allowed to leave the grounds with after they sink the final putt.

“Heartbreak,” said Mickelson, who shot 74 on Sunday. “This is tough to swallow after coming so close. This was my best chance of all of them. I was playing well, I had a golf course I really liked that I could play aggressive on a number of holes. I felt like this was as good an opportunity I could ask for and to not get it … it hurts.”

Justin Rose won the golf tournament at Merion Golf Club. He received polite applause as he walked up to the 18th green. It sounded like the same level of appreciation that middle school children receive at a spring recital. Rose played the type of golf that wins the U.S. Open. Two boring pars on the final two holes (which could have easily turned into birdies) gave him a two-stroke victory.

Two questions linger after the Open at Merion. Will Phil ever win a U.S. Open and who gets to eat the cake?


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