Mickelson's grand slam hopes recede with Open missed cut

Sat Jun 18, 2016 5:16pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

OAKMONT, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson's chances of becoming just the sixth man to complete the modern grand slam receded when he missed the cut by one shot at the weather-hit U.S. Open on Saturday.

Runner-up a record six times in his national championship, Mickelson will turn 47 during next year's U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin and history suggests he is on the verge of battling a lost cause.

Nobody has won the U.S. Open at such an advanced age, with American Hale Irwin becoming the oldest champion at 45 in 1990.

Mickelson, a perennial fan favorite, failed to advance to the final 36 holes at Oakmont Country Club after carding a 73 in the delayed second round.

"I didn't score the way I would have liked to, but I enjoyed the challenge," he told reporters after posting a seven-over total of 147.

"It's a fun opportunity to really test yourself when a course is set up like this that will reward good shots and penalize severely poorly struck ones."

Mickelson, who celebrated his 46th birthday on Thursday, rued poor putting on daunting greens at Oakmont.

"I actually thought I played really well, except I let four or five par putts kind of slide, and all of a sudden I'd be two over and right in it," said the five-times major champion.   Continued...

Jun 17, 2016; Oakmont, PA, USA; Phil Mickelson lines up a putt on the 1st green during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Oakmont Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports