Commentary - Mickelson is US Open`s first victim

Released on = June 13, 2007, 11:36 am

Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications

Industry = Media

Press Release Summary = U.S. Open, Oakmont Country Club, USGA, Phil Mickelson, deep

Press Release Body = Brandon Tucker,
Staff Writer,
Golf Publisher Syndications

OAKMONT, Pa - Thick, deep, rough is as much of a staple of the U.S. Open as the
trophy given to those who can conquer it.

Only this year, this rough has taken a chunky divot out of itself before the first
round even begins.

The perfect storm was in place at Oakmont Country Club this week. It\'s been a year
since Phil Mickelson, self-proclaimed \"idiot,\" double-bogeyed the 72nd hole to
finish in second in last year\'s Open.

After quitting the 2006 season early, then bouncing back with two wins, including
the Players Championship, the stage was set for the mother of all comebacks,
especially with Tiger Woods not driving the ball accurately enough to be considered
an overwhelming favorite this week.

But it\'s not going to happen. Mickelson hurt his wrist here a few weeks back
practicing shots out of the thick, five-inch high rough and will be far from 100
percent entering the first round.

Of course, no one put a gun to his head and told him to hack away in thick rough all
afternoon weeks before the Open. But if it didn\'t happen to Mickelson, it was going
to happen to someone else.

And it did. David Howell withdrew this week after hurting his wrist in practice as

The USGA surely saw the unusually high, U.S. Open-like scores and difficult
conditions at the Masters and felt threatened. It doesn\'t help that Carnoustie, one
of the British Open\'s most notoriously difficult venues, is up next.

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June 13, 2007
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