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Mickelson talks Open win, U.S. Open prep on Golf Channel
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Friday, November 15, 2013 | 1:04 p.m.
Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson joined co-hosts Gary Williams and Charlie Rymer on Golf Channel's Morning Drive Friday.
Mickelson covered many topics during his appearance, including his win at the Open Championship in July, which he called, "the greatest feeling to accomplish winning this Open Championship, because I would go there each year, but I would only play a couple of weeks each year to try to really perfect links golf and the shots that are needed. Having that trophy there with Bones and going through a 20-year process to try to achieve that, it was the greatest, most fulfilling moment of my career, because I was never positive that I would win this tournament."
You can watch Mickelson talk about the Open here:
Mickelson also talked about returning to Pinehurst No. 2, site of the 2014 U.S. Open. Mickelson famously finished second to the late Payne Stewart when the U.S. Open was held at Pinehurst in 1999 -- one of Mickelson's record six runner-up finishes in the national championship.
The U.S. Open is also the lone major that still eludes Mickelson.
"1999 is a tournament I will always remember, and I will actually cherish, too, because a lot of great things came from that event, even though it was a heartbreaking loss," Mickelson said on Morning Drive. "It just turned out the way it was supposed to, and hopefully I will be able to go back there next year and take some of that emotion and apply it to my game and play well and capture my first U.S. Open."
Here's Mickelson on Golf Channel, talking about heading back to Pinehurst and his U.S. Open preparations:
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