News & ToursJune 22, 2015

Why Phil Mickelson's quest to win the career Grand Slam won't get any easier

Phil Mickelson second chance to complete the career Grand Slam got off to a promising start, but the six-time U.S. Open runner-up wound up leaving Chambers Bay with a disappointing T-64. With a back-end finish like that and just five more years before he becomes eligible for the Champions Tour, what's next for the aging star in his pursuit of golf history?

Unfortunately for Phil, it doesn't get any easier.

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For starters, Mickelson will turn 46 on Day 1 at next year's U.S. Open, meaning a win would make him the oldest-ever winner of the tournament. Then there's the golf course.

Related: The winners and losers from Chambers Bay

Oakmont Country Club hasn't treated Mickelson well in the two U.S. Opens he's played there. As a young pro, Mickelson shot 13-over, earning him a tie for 47th place in the 1994 tournament. More recently, the U.S. Open was held at Oakmont again in 2007, where Mickelson had an even tougher time. He hurt his wrist in a practice round that year, leading him to call Oakmont's rough, "dangerous." Then he shot 11 over the first two days and missed the cut.

If Mickelson can't get the job done there, it's onto Erin Hills, a relatively unknown course, in 2017. Built in 2006, the course has hosted the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links and the 2011 U.S. Amateur, but will be a mystery to most pros like Chambers Bay was this year.

With these two daunting U.S. Open venues on the horizon and age becoming a serious factor, Mickelson really has his work cut out for him if he's going to complete the career Grand Slam.

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