By Terry Gregory
It has been a case of always the bridesmaid, never the bride for Mickelson at the second major of the year. He has finished second six times, including earlier this year.
The 43-year-old shrugged off that disappointment to win his first Open title and his fifth major at Muirfield in July.
That victory left Mickelson needing just one win to complete a career grand slam that has been achieved by only five players – Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen, Gary Player and the perennial favourite in the golf betting, Tiger Woods.
“There is no hiding the fact that winning the US Open would be my career goal and completing the career grand slam,” Mickelson said this week.
“That is the final leg that I have and I’ll be putting most of my focus into winning the US Open.”
Concentrating on winning that elusive title and other majors means Mickelson will sacrifice potential victories in other tournaments. Fans of golf betting are hoping that he will be in the best possible form when it matters most.
“I want to give myself opportunities to play and compete in the big tournaments, mainly saying, the majors and I’m putting less importance on other events,” the American added.
“My whole purpose and focus will be participating in certain tournaments that will help me play well in those majors, so a tournament that is taking place two months prior or after a major championship that has no impact on my ability to perform well in a major, those are tournaments that I won’t put as much importance on.”
Mickelson is currently competing in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia and will also tackle the upcoming WGC – HSBC Champions event in China .