Phil Mickelson. (AFP Photo)
Phil Mickelson mentioned on Friday he accepted a special exemption from the United States Golf Association (USGA) to play in subsequent month’s US Open, the one main event he has not gained.
Mickelson, a runner-up on the US Open a report six occasions, will likely be making his thirtieth look in the nationwide championship which this 12 months will likely be performed June 17-20 at Torrey Pines in San Diego, California.
“Winning the US Open has been a lifelong and elusive dream, and I’ve come close so many times,” mentioned Mickelson, a San Diego native. “You can’t win if you don’t play. I’m honoured and appreciative of the USGA for the opportunity and look forward to playing in my hometown on a golf course I grew up on.”
The 50-12 months-previous Mickelson, who has ten prime-10 US Open finishes, was the primary-spherical chief final week at Quail Hollow however finally fell aside an completed in 69th place.
Mickelson counts 5 main championships amongst his 44 wins on the PGA Tour and is making an attempt to change into solely the sixth man to full the profession grand slam by profitable every of golf’s 4 majors.
“Phil Mickelson’s incredible USGA playing record and overall career achievements are among the most noteworthy in the game’s history,” mentioned USGA Chief Executive Mike Davis. “We are thrilled to welcome him to this year’s US Open at Torrey Pines.”
Hale Irwin is the one participant to win the US Open taking part in on a special exemption, doing so in a 19-gap playoff over Mike Donald in 1990 at Medinah.