Phil Mickelson: Why Lefty Will Struggle for Remainder of 2012

Love PatelContributor IIIJune 17, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 15: Phil Mickelson of the United States hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 15, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Phil Mickelson's slow first-round start at the 2012 US Open could be a foreshadowing of how the rest of his year will go.

Stumbling out of the gate at the US Open isn't new for Lefty. However, he's done well enough to stay in contention, and made the cut for the final day.

Mickelson's last major win came at the 2010 Masters, and the closest he's come to winning since then was in 2011 at the British Open.

With Lefty all but eliminated completely from contention in this year's US Open, the British Open and PGA Championship remain.

Golf is filled with highs and lows, and Mickelson is seemingly at a low, which could drag into the next couple of majors. In addition, being the center of attention hasn't always been beneficial for him.

Mickelson hasn't always had good results when the focus is on him, and that could be the case in the upcoming British Open, as well.

Granted, every big-name golfer gets some run whenever there's talk of the next major, but Mickelson's tie for runner-up in last year's British Open could garner more attention for this year's tournament.

Lefty's struggles shouldn't be indicative of the player he currently is or will be in the near future. He's still a top golfer and poses a threat to the field every time he takes the course.

His latest disappointments and struggles could set him up to sneak up and eventually win another major, but until then, Mickelson will just need to weather the storm.