U.S. Open

Mickelson's Near Misses

Phil Mickelson added to his collection of U.S. Open close calls with his record sixth runner-up at Merion. Here, we take a closer look at his previous heartbreaks

1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2

In the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, Mickelson entered the final round on Father's Day trailing Payne Stewart by one and unsure if he would even finish 18 holes. His wife, Amy, was home in Scottsdale, expecting the couple's first child at any minute. Mickelson carried a beeper so that he would know the moment Amy went into labor. He vowed he would leave the premises, no matter what the situation, but it never came to that.
Stephen Szurlej
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