It's not uncommon for storylines to be surrounding Phil Mickelson the week of the U.S. Open. The all-time golf great is a U.S. Open win away from completing the rare career grand slam, but the event has alluded him throughout his career. He's finished in second place at the tournament six separate times, with the latest happening in 2013.
Unfortunately, the attention surrounding Mickelson is for a completely different reason in 2022.
Mickelson is one of the few golfers who have jumped from the PGA Tour to the LIV Golf circuit, amongst huge controversy due to it being funded by the Saudi government.
Can Phil Mickelson Win the 2022 U.S. Open?
Unfortunately, not many people have faith in Phil Mickelson to finally complete the career grand slam, this year, or ever.
WynnBET Sportsbook has his odds to win this week set at +24000 (240/1).
While those odds are deservingly long, you won't find me saying it's impossible. Mickelson shocked the golf world last year when he won the 2021 PGA Championship as a 250/1 longshot, becoming the oldest Major Champion in the history of the sport.
With that being said, he hasn't performed well when he's played this season. His four starts this season before taking a hiatus were T36, T30, Missed Cut, and Missed Cut. He only has one top 20 finish since his improbable PGA Championship win, which was a T17 at last season's WGC-FedEx St. Jude.
He also didn't have a good outing at the first LIV Golf event, which had an unbelievably weak field. Mickelson finished tied for 33rd, alongside names like Kevin Yuan and Travis Smyth.
Mickelson will likely need to accept he'll never complete the career grand slam.
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