Phil Mickelson receives special exemption for US Open at Torrey Pines – fr

Phil Mickelson receives special exemption for US Open at Torrey Pines – fr

Phil Mickelson will have another shot at winning the career Grand Slam and the major championship that eluded him after the United States Golf Association (USGA) granted the veteran a special exemption for the US Open at Torrey Pines.

Mickelson, now 50, was runner-up at his national championship six times, but he was unlikely to secure a bye through traditional methods for the June 17-20 tournament which will be played in his hometown of San Diego.

At 116th place in the world rankings, he was set to compete in the section qualifiers in Columbus, Ohio after the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide on June 7, but he can now rest easy knowing that for a while departure is reserved.

The 44-time PGA TOUR winner has five majors on his CV; three Masters titles (2004, 2006, 2010), a PGA Championship (2005) and an Open Championship (2013) but has not been able to close the deal at the US Open in his previous 29 appearances.

“Winning the US Open has been a lifelong dream and elusive, and I’ve come close so many times,” Mickelson said in a statement. “You can’t win if you don’t play. I am honored and appreciate the USGA for this opportunity and look forward to playing in my hometown on a golf course I grew up on.

Mickelson was beaten by Payne Stewart at Pinehurst in 1999, before also finishing a short place in 2002 ahead of Tiger Woods (Bethpage Black), Retief Goosen (Shinnecock Hills, 2004), Geoff Ogilvy (Winged Foot, 2006), Lucas Glover (Bethpage Black, 2009) and Justin Rose (Merion, 2013).

“Phil Mickelson’s incredible USGA playing record and career accomplishments are among the most remarkable in gaming history,” said USGA CEO Mike Davis. “We are delighted to welcome him to this year’s US Open at Torrey Pines.”

Mickelson is looking to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to become the sixth male player to win all four majors. He is the sixth player since 2010 to receive a special exemption for the US Open. The list includes Tom Watson (2010), Vijay Singh (2010), Retief Goosen (2016), Jim Furyk (2018) and Ernie Els (twice, in 2018 and 2019).

Hale Irwin is the only player to win the US Open playing with a special exemption, doing so in a 19-hole playoff against Mike Donald in 1990 at Medinah Country Club in Ill. To win his third title at the US Open.


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