The Myth About Phil Mickelson’s U.S. Open History

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports. Captioned: Phil Mickelson

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The Info: Phil Mickelson

DFS Pricing: $8,600 DraftKings, $10,600 FanDuel

U.S. Open History (2013-2017): T-2, T-28, T-64, MC, N/A

Odds: +2800 to win, +275 top-10 finish, +135 top-20 finish, +325 to miss cut

Best Odds Value: Phil Mickelson (-110) over Bryson DeChambeau

Best Matchup Value: Coming soon!

Tee Times: 8:02 a.m. (Thursday); 1:47 p.m. (Friday)

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The Outlook

Here’s a common myth among the general golfing public: Just because Mickelson has famously never won a U.S. Open, that means the tournament’s conservative approach has never appealed to his aggressive style. The truth is, he’s overcome that dichotomy to become a tremendous U.S. Open performer: His half-dozen career runner-up finishes are more than anyone else in the event’s storied history. The big question, of course, remains: Will Lefty ever complete the career grand slam? Well, he turns 48 on the day of this week’s third round, and while this certainly isn’t his last chance, it might be his best one left.

The Metrics

Here’s how Mickelson ranks in the U.S. Open field in several key metrics. For many more, be sure to check out the FantasyLabs PGA Models.

  • Long-Term Adjusted Round Score: T-16th
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: 51st
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 35th
  • Long-Term Driving Distance: 73rd
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 8th

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