2011 US Open Golf: 10 Reasons Phil Mickelson Will Miss the Cut at Congressional
Is it possible that this is finally the year that Phil Mickelson can capture the U.S. Open?
Many people are calling this a window of opportunity for “lefty” because the tournament field is wide open with the absence of Tiger Woods.
For years, Mickelson was tabbed as the guy who couldn’t win a major championship, but even though he shed that label in impressive fashion, people still don’t seem like they will be satisfied until he wins the U.S. Open.
In fact, I don't believe that he will be satisfied until he wins it, but time is running out!
Some are saying that Mickelson is one of the favorites to win, but what if he can’t even make the cut?!
I have a couple theories that may just bring about that scenario.
Here are 10 reasons why Phil Mickelson will miss the cut at Congressional:
10. Bad Luck
I don’t even think I need to explain this one.
If lady luck isn’t on your side, then there is literally nothing you can do to get out of the bad luck funk.
You know what they always say,
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good…
I think Lefty is in pretty good shape, but could the general shape at his age play a factor?
He turns 41 Thursday, which means he is starting to creep up closer to the hill that he will eventually be pushed over...
He's dealt with arthritis, but will that come back to plague him?
Let’s be honest here, he is no spring chicken, and there will be a lot of physical pressure on the guy to come through.
This sounds like something straight out of a “Rocky” movie, but I think that the dominance of the European players in golf right now might just be too much for Mickelson to handle.
Europeans hold the top three spots in the world rankings as well as all four of the majors.
Sounds like a grudge match to me.
History has Phil Mickelson at 0-for-20 at the U.S. Open.
One way to look at that is that the odds of him eventually coming across a win are in his favor.
The other is to say that history does not smile on Mickelson doing well in this championship.
Could overconfidence play a key in the potential demise of Mickelson?
Many are considering him to be a big player in this tournament, and with the quotes of the field being “wide open,” could lefty perhaps let his guard down a bit and falter?
It is an interesting proposition that is for sure…
5. The Course
According to Mike Kern of the Philadelphia Daily News, Mickelson likes Congressional because “the hard holes are really hard, and the easy holes are fairly easy.”
Congressional may have a couple holes that can provide birdies, but he could just as well bogey, and if that bad momentum carries, we could see Mickelson out of the running real fast.
It’s no secret that Mickelson has been struggling with his putter as of late.
If he can’t make the shots when he needs to, then there is no way he will be making the cut.
3. Swing Change
Because of injuries, Mickelson has had to change the way he swings. It is a little bit longer and flowing than what we are used to seeing from him.
Now, that may sound like a good thing, but I wonder if it will come back to bite him?
When the chips are down, athletes will usually go back to their natural tendencies, and I think we may see lefty start fighting himself on the form when the pressure is on.
Honestly, how many more cracks do you think Mickelson is going to get at the U.S. Open?
With Tiger out many are considering this to be his best shot at taking it, but with his awful history and the pressure of being “the guy” without Tiger on the course, it just might end up getting to him.
Also, keep it mind that he's currently the only American golfer that the masses will take interest in, and with the Europeans coming on strong, a lot of the pressure of "American golf" will be squarely on his shoulders.
1. No Tiger
Mickelson has admitted that Tiger Woods has been a driving factor behind elevating his own game.
Many think that without Tiger the field will be wide open for Mickelson, but in reality, it could be the opposite.
Here is a Mickelson quote on the topic courtesy of Mike Kern of the Philadelphia Daily News:
"I've always felt that Tiger has helped bring out some of my best golf over the years," Mickelson noted. "And even though my record against him may not be the best, it's helped me achieve a higher level that I may not have achieved had he not been pushing me.
"So the challenge now without him playing his best or even competing like he's not this week is pushing myself to achieve a level of play that is in there without him forcing me to do so. So in that sense it might be a little bit more difficult."
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