Phil Mickelson's first round at the 2012 US Open was a disaster.
Lefty whacked his first tee shot out of bounds, and his nightmarish start was a sign of things to come. He bogeyed his first three holes on the day, and as ESPN Stats & Info pointed out, that was a new low for him at the US Open.
This is the first time as a professional that Phil Mickelson has opened a U.S. Open with 3 scores worse than par.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 14, 2012
Things didn't get much better from there, as Lefty would bogey four more holes on the day. He even bogeyed Holes 4 and 5, which were supposed to be two of the easiest on the rigorous 7,170-yard course at Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Add it all together, and Lefty is now facing 100/1 odds to win the tournament, according to sportsbook.ag. After entering the tournament as the fifth favorite (behind Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy) at 20/1 odds, this is quite the drop-off for Lefty.
Of course, this development was fairly predictable.
Although Mickelson has been the runner-up at the US Open a record five times, he hasn't been too impressive as of late. Following his seven-over par first round at the Memorial, he probably shouldn't have been favored so high in his next tournament.
Big names make big impressions on bettors, though, which would explain Mickelson's initial standing. Unfortunately, those who bet on Mickelson are surely regretting it now.
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