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U.S. Open

The Shots That Defined the U.S. Open

These are the shots that shaped the outcome at Olympic Club

June 17, 2012
U.S. Open: Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson's tee shot, first hole, Thursday

No one has had more close calls at the national championship than Mickelson, who ranks first with five runner-ups. But it didn't take nearly as long in his 20th attempt as a pro to realize that this wouldn't be his breakthrough year. Lefty hooked his opening tee shot of the tournament well right and into the trees. When he didn't find it, he had to re-tee, paving the way for an opening 76 from which he was never able to recover.
J.D. Cuban
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