DUBLIN, Ohio -- Phil Mickelson always brings new ideas on his bag setup to major championships, whether it's two drivers at the Masters or, in the case of the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines GC, not using a driver at all.
For the upcoming 111th U.S. Open at Congressional CC in Bethesda, Md., Mickelson is making a change, albeit a more conventional one. He's adding a 2-iron to complement his arsenal for tee shots. He plans on experimenting with it next week when he practices for a few days at Congressional following this week's Memorial Tournament.
"I am excited about the three clubs that I'll use off the tee as far as driver, 3-wood and I have a 2-iron that I feel very confident with off the tee," Mickelson said Wednesday at Muirfield Village GC following his pro-am round. "I'm excited to get over there and see how exactly I'm going to attack the golf course."
Mickelson said he's had the 2-iron for about six years, but "it hadn't quite worked right until I bent it, tweaked it a little bit, now it feels pretty dialed in. I've been experimenting the last few weeks trying to get the right 2-iron that flies about 255 or so off the tee, which is kind of what I'm gunning for. I think this one is dialed in just about right. I hit it very well today, so I think it's going to be the mainstay. It'll be in for the U.S. Open."
Mickelson, a four-time major champion, still seeks his first U.S. Open title, but he has finished second in the Open a record five times. He was T-43 in the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional with a 10-over-par 290 total.
-- Dave Shedloski