Phil Mickelson will be playing in the U.S. Open, can he win it at home?

Phil Mickelson, US Open


Golf star Phil Mickelson will not have to qualify for the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. He will enter the tournament after receiving a special exemption.

USGA CEO Mike Davis announced Mickelson, who grew up in San Diego close to Torrey Pines, would be entered into the field:
“Phil Mickelson’s incredible USGA playing record and overall career achievements are among the most noteworthy in the game’s history,” Davis said in a statement, via Bob Harig of ESPN. “We are thrilled to welcome him to this year’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.”
Mickelson had previously suggested he would not take a special exemption. As someone ranked outside the top 60 golfers in the world, that meant he would need to win a qualifier.
However, Mickelson’s desire to capture a long elusive U.S. Open title ultimately led him to accept the invitation:
“Winning the U.S. Open has been a lifelong and elusive dream, and I’ve come close so many times,” Phil Mickelson said in a statement, via Harig. “You can’t win if you don’t play. I’m honored 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 U.S. Open is the only major Mickelson has yet to win. He has the most runner-up finishes (six) in U.S. Open history for a player that has never won the tournament.
Can “Lefty” pull off a shocker at home next month? His best finish this year was a tie for 21st at The Masters in April. He has won a couple Champions Tour events, but that’s hardly the same level of competition.
Perhaps Phil Mickelson will be galvanized by the special exemption and opportunity to compete close to home.

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