Phil Mickelson wasn't heading home on Sunday with the Claret Jug after a year of taking it to numerous places around town, but he did leave Royal Liverpool with a good feeling about his game and is looking forward to next month's PGA Championship.
Phil Mickelson's quest for the fourth leg of the career Grand Slam got off to a decent start Thursday, an even-par 70 at Pinehurst No. 2 that left the five-time major champion in good position after his first round at the U.S. Open.
After another inexplicable triple-bogey -- accomplished for the second day in a row without a penalty stroke -- Phil Mickelson was left to ponder the possibility of missing a 36-hole cut at the Masters for the first time in 17 years.
It didn't look as bad as the final tally would indicate, but the number on the scorecard presents a stark reality for Phil Mickelson. He has work to do Friday to avoid missing the cut for just the second time in 22 Masters appearances.