Phil Mickelson has had more than his fair share of heartbreak at the U.S. Open, but no finish was tougher -- at least, to watch -- than what happened to him at Winged Foot in 2006. Needing a par on 18 to win, Mickelson made a double bogey to hand Geoff Ogilvy the trophy. And apparently, the five-time major champ still doesn't feel like discussing that hole a decade later.
Not even with his brother.
Tim Mickelson competed in the ongoing U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Winged Foot and had this to say about the scouting report his sibling offered him.
"The only thing he told me was that he'd be happy to give me advice on holes 1 through 17, but he wasn't going to provide any for 18," Tim Mickelson told Josh Thomson of The Journal News.
With a one-shot lead in 2006 and looking to win a third consecutive major, Mickelson sliced a tee shot off a tent and proceeded to make a six on the closing par 4. It's one of his record six runner-ups at the U.S. Open.
"I just can't believe that I did that," Mickelson said after. "I am such an idiot."
Tim won't have a fond recollection of Winged Foot's West Course, either. He and partner Jake Yount struggled to a three-over-par total on Saturday and failed to advance to the match-play portion of the event that started on Monday. On the bright side, the Arizona State men's golf coach has his squad in this week's NCAA Championship.