The US Open will feel a lot different this year as it will mark the first time in almost two decades that Tiger Woods hasn’t competed.
No doubt the ratings will dip and the focus on one of golf's top notch events will lessen as its most compelling figure rests at home, hoping to return to his once dominant self.
That’s why the US Open 2011 needs Phil Mickelson. The bottom line is if you can’t root for the sport’s most compelling figure, you might as well root for the sport’s most likeable guy.
Mickelson needs a US Open win in the worst way.
Mickelson has never appeared to want to be the best—in that he has never seemed as driven or obsessed with his own greatness as Woods has—but that doesn’t mean he isn’t self-aware enough to understand just what another major would do for his legacy.
With Tiger on the shelf, the sport needs Phil. The US Open would be a great place to reestablish himself.
For more on the US Open Golf 2011, and all of today’s breaking sports news, stick with Bleacher Report.