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2020 U.S. Open: Could Winged Foot be Phil Mickelson’s final Open?

Phil Mickelson 2nd round 2020 U.S. Open
Phil Mickelson misses the cut upon his return to Winged Foot, the scene of his collapse on the final hole of the 2006 U.S. Open.

Mickelson, who blew the 2006 U.S. Open on the final hole at the suburban New York club, joins Tiger Woods and a number of the game’s stars in missing the cut at the 120th U.S. Open

There will be no redemption for Phil Mickelson at Winged Foot.

Mickelson was among the high-profile players to have missed the 36-hole cut Friday at the U.S. Open at the storied club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. He followed a first-round 9-over 79 with a 74 to finish at 13-over 153, seven strokes outside of the cut line. Sixty-two players stood at 6 over or better, led by American Patrick Reed at 4-under 136. Only six players remained under par at the midway point after 21 had posted red numbers in Round 1 (scores).

For Mickelson, though, the pain of having this weekend off likely won’t compare with his disappointment in 2006, during the previous Open at Winged Foot. Holding a one-stroke lead on the final hole, Mickelson proceeded to butcher the hole for a double-bogey 6 and lose by one stroke to Geoff Ogilvy.

Mickelson called Winged Foot, in the Westchester County suburbs north of New York City, “one of the hardest tests that we play.”

“It was fun for me to have to play and compete here one more time,” he said.

The U.S. Open remains the only missing piece to the career Grand Slam for Mickelson, whose 44 PGA Tour victories include five of golf’s top prizes. And at age 50, his window would appear to be closing. Next year’s U.S. Open will be held in Mickelson’s hometown, at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

After his round, he declined to answer whether this might have been his final U.S. Open.

Tiger Woods also failed to advance at Winged Foot. Woods, a three-time U.S. Open champion, shot 7-over 77 on Friday for an 10-over 150.

Woods, 44, owns 15 major championships among his 82 victories and is tied for the PGA Tour’s all-time lead with the late Sam Snead. Woods will get his next shot at a major championship in two months, when the Masters is held Nov. 12-15 at Augusta National Golf Club.

Mickelson and Woods weren’t the only former major champions to leave New York earlier than expected this week. Among the two-round casualties at Winged Foot: Defending champion Gary Woodland (8 over) and former U.S. Open champions Martin Kaymer (7 over), Justin Rose (10 over), Jordan Spieth (14 over) and Graeme McDowell (16 over); former Masters champions Danny Willett (10 over) and Sergio Garcia (15 over); and former British Open winner Henrik Stenson (11 over).

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