The U.S. Open and fun generally go together about as well as oil and water, and Phil Mickelson knows this all too well.
The 41-year-old has put together some great performances at his national open, but with five runner-up finishes and nary a U.S. Open title, he has experienced little reward and excruciating heartaches in the process.
Whether it be strong finishes by his competitors or his own gaffes down the stretch, the lefty always seemed to be devastated by the elusive U.S. Open trophy. Like Sam Snead at the same event or Greg Norman at the Masters, Mickelson looks to be star-crossed, never to win the major he now desperately wants the most.
There is still time yet though. The oldest U.S. Open champion was 43 years of age (Raymond Floyd) and with still two years to reach that mark and his game in form, Mickelson could yet break his Open curse.
However, the future isn't the point here, rather it's Mickelson's past. While his past U.S. Opens have been largely depressing, are there any silver linings?
Well, while Mickelson has experienced little joy at some U.S. Opens, he has had his moments.
Overall, despite zero victories at the Open, Mickelson's most memorable moments at this event include the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.