What Does Phil Mickelson’s Victory at Pebble Beach Mean for His Chances at the U.S. Open?


Michael Madrid, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Phil Mickelson

Feb 12, 2019, 10:16 PM EST
  • Phil Mickelson stormed back in the final round to win the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
  • After the victory, Mickelson's odds to win the U.S. Open -- which will be held at Pebble Beach -- were slashed to 20-1.
  • Does another victory at this track make Phil a decent bet to win his first U.S. Open.

One of the takeaways from Phil Mickelson’s victory at Pebble Beach on Monday is that the U.S. Open will be held on that hallowed ground this year and it’s long been “the one that always got away” for the six-time runner-up of that tournament and, well, it should have us thinking he just might claim the career grand slam on his 49th birthday four months from now.

The other, more obvious takeaway is that Pebble in June won’t come close to resembling Pebble in February, as the fairways will be tighter, the rough thicker, the greens slicker and the scores so much higher.

All of which leaves one very relevant question: Does it matter?

Is there any cause and effect to Mickelson’s success on this site or are the two tournaments so completely different that it won’t have any impact?

We’ll get to some nuggets backing each argument, but let’s first hear from the guy whose opinion matters most in all things Mickelson – the ubiquitous lefty himself.

“I really don’t think there’s any carryover from here to the U.S. Open,” he said after the victory. “It’s a totally different golf course. The greens will be firm and the rough will be high. … There’s really no carryover, other than I just really enjoy this place.”