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Phil Mickelson returns to scene of his most crushing defeat aiming for career grand slam at US Open

September 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Athletes often have favorite venues they associate with good memories and good performances. That, however, is certainly not the case with Phil Mickelson and New York's Winged Foot Golf Club.

"Last time I was at Winged Foot, I was 36 years old with no accountability for my health . . .

When Mickelson lost that heartbreaker at Winged Foot 14 years ago, the winning score was five over par.

In contrast to the 13 under Gary Woodland shot in June last year to win the US Open at Pebble Beach, many are expecting another over-par score to win the championship in 2020.

The winning score has been over par in all but one US Open at Winged Foot; Jack Nicklaus once described the course as getting "tough on the first tee and never getting any easier. "

"When I didn't win the Masters that year, that was really tough to take because that was the last event my dad was ever going to watch me play.

Now the 44-year-old is back at Winged Foot hoping to create new, more positive memories as he aims to win his first US Open title since 2008.

Since golf returned from the break, Woods has struggled for fitness and form, playing in just four PGA Tour events, his highest finish coming at the PGA Championship when he tied for 37th.

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