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U.S. Open Preview: A Phil Forecast

How He Finally Won The U.S. Open

This is the way it'll look on my Twitter timeline

June 2014

It was a story of triumph and tragedy, of agony and ecstasy, of thrills and spills, of mustard or ketchup—all the things that went into the riveting saga of Phil Mickelson battling for the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2, where the unlucky six-time runner-up once again won and lost, lost and won, won and lost, and... but let's take it from the top as I tweeted the championship from start to finish @DanJenkinsGD.

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MONDAY
PRACTICE ROUND
Kind of exciting to watch Phil's Gulfstream land safely on the ninth fairway of Pinehurst No. 4.

Even more exciting to see Phil's Gulfstream scatter groups of women practicing for their Open next week.

Phil works on putts he missed when he lost to Payne Stewart here in '99. Missed most of them today.

Phil works to find the three strokes he could have made up on Tiger Woods at Bethpage in '02 if Sergio Garcia hadn't been in the way.

Just saw Lindsey Vonn walking with Adam Scott. What's that all about?

TUESDAY
PRACTICE ROUND
Phil practices 25-foot bogey putt, the one Retief Goosen sank to swipe the '04 Open from him at Shinnecock Hills.

Phil works to rid himself of the bonehead tee shot on 18 that gave the '06 Open to Geoff Ogilvy at Winged Foot.

Enjoyed Jason Dufner sleeping through his press conference.

Rickie Fowler's press conference livened up when he was asked why he chooses to dress like a box of cereal.

WEDNESDAY
PRACTICE ROUND
Phil tirelessly practices the short putts he missed that handed the '09 Open to Lucas Glover at Bethpage.

Phil works on the inexplicable wedge shots that gift-wrapped the '13 Open for Justin Rose at Merion.

Lindsey Vonn striding inside the ropes with Rory McIlroy. Caroline Wozniacki jogging to catch up. What's that all about?

FIRST ROUND
David Lingmerth leads Open with 64. Unknown always leads first round of Open. Ought to be a law.

Phil salvages a 71 despite triple bogey. Certain he once played Lingmerth in Scotland. Thinks it's near Gullane.

In a miraculous return from back surgery, Tiger says 71 could've been 65. Blames dinner of bad fish.

Cagey move: Jessica Korda and Paula Creamer squeeze in practice round between pairings of Bubba-Keegan and Snedeker-Dustin.

USGA official penalizes Korda and Creamer for slow play.

Official admits mistake, smites forehead, asks what week this is.

SECOND ROUND
David Lingmerth staggers in with 86, misses cut, enters pressroom dazed, asks, "Did I win?"

Phil rescues second 71 despite another triple bogey. He's only two back.

Phil blames triple on distraction of seeing Lindsey Vonn put skunk on Tiger's shoulder.

Nobody worried about Lee Westwood leading at 140. Raucous laughter among contestants at thought of Westy winning the Open.

Tiger blames 73 on bad mattress in room and skunk on shoulder.

Tiger insists he was this close today to shooting a 61. Will take away a lot of positives from the round.

Rory adds hot 66 to dreadful 78 of first day, leaps back into hunt. Members of Irish press dance slip jig in media center.

THIRD ROUND
Four rain delays convince USGA to cancel Saturday's play. 36 holes scheduled for Sunday. Old-fashioned Open. Where's Bobby Cruickshank?

Sergio loses seven-under start due to cancellation, says, "I cry more tears than rain. But this is the plight of me, Sergio. 'Plight' is word. Yes? No?"

Ben Crenshaw and design partner Bill Coore — (they revamped No. 2 for this Open) — hold press conference, give press something to write instead of rain.

Crenshaw: "We reshaped the bunkers, but it's basically the same course with a different presentation." Writers scratch heads.

Crenshaw reveals it was USGA that changed famous par-4 fifth hole to 8,000-yard par 5. Found space for new tee across highway to Raleigh.

SUNDAY'S DRAMA
Westwood adds a 70 in morning round, leads by three at 54 holes. Jubilant British press sing, "Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts for Soldiers."

Phil's sand wedge to 186-yard ninth goes 289 yards.
But his 103-yard pitch shot hits pin, drops for birdie. That's Phil.

Phil's 71 features eight birdies, two triples, a double and a three-putt bogey from two feet. Accountant's nightmare.

Tiger blames knee, elbow, ankle, wrist and back for 81, but says he's right there.

Rory's 71 keeps him in contention. Breaks off engagement to Caroline.

Dust-up between Lindsey Vonn and Caroline Wozniacki goes viral on Web.

Bulletin: Rainstorm halts play. Open to have Monday finish.

Latest count: Six hospitality tents and four corporate guests float away toward Southern Pines. NBC shows golf highlights.

MONDAY'S FINAL ROUND
USGA official announces Lexi Thompson is leader in clubhouse, wonders if press wants her for interview?

Alert AP writer breaks news to USGA official that Women's Open hasn't started yet.

Photo op: Lindsey Vonn puts pink armadillo on Tiger's shoulder before he starts final round.

Lindsey says, "I have a career, too, big shot."

Tiger responds, "Ski this."

Tiger-Lindsey scene goes viral on Web.

Lindsey Vonn

Phil's opening drive soars out-of-bounds. Makes double, speaks harshly to new pumpkin-head driver.

Bones Mackay, Phil's longtime caddie, snatches pumpkin-head driver from Phil, breaks shaft, tosses pieces behind tee.

Westy holds lead on front nine despite coughing fit at third, throw-up at the fifth, congestive heart failure at the eighth.

British writers still cheering Westwood on, sing, "I'd Like to See the Kaiser with a Lily in His Hand."

Tiger makes first birdie of tournament. American writers shout, "Here comes Tiger—he's only 14 back!"

Phil reaches 8,000-yard fifth with 4-wood, 8-iron, sinks 60-foot eagle putt, gets back to even par.

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