Between 1999 and 2003, Phil Mickelson had six second or third-place finishes in Majors, earning him the dubious title of Best Player to Never Win a Major. Though Mickelson has since discarded this title, earning three green jackets and a PGA Championship, the U.S. Open continues to stymie him, having finished in second place five times.
Last year's Open was particularly disappointing for Mickelson, who finished tied for 54th place, his worst performance in the tournament since 2003.
Lefty's legion of fans are concerned about Mickelson's chances to conquer the Open when he withdrew from the Memorial Tournament due to fatigue after posting his worst score on the tour in almost a decade. Yet his fans have plenty of reasons to remain hopeful. Mickelson already has a tour win this year, as well as four more top-10 finishes. He is ranked third in the world, his highest ranking since 2009, the last time he placed tied for second at the Open.
Though Lefty will have the support of his many admirers, experts have expressed starkly contrasting opinions as to whether Lefty has what it takes to add another major victory to his list of accomplishments.
We'll look at what some of the leading figures in the golf world have to say about Mickelson's chances at Olympic.