Readers pick their U.S. Open favorites

Phil Mickelson at Pinehurst
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Phil Mickelson will have plenty of support this week at the U.S. Open Championship.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | 12:32 p.m.'s Facebook nation is rooting for Phil Mickelson to win the U.S. Open Championship this week at storied Pinehurst No. 2.

On Tuesday, we asked Facebook fans "Who do you like to win the U.S. Open Championship and why?" Out of more than 140 responses, no one got close to as many votes as Mickelson, who is looking to complete the career grand slam by winning his first U.S. Open.

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A five-time major champion, Mickelson has finished second at the U.S. Open a record six times, sometimes in heartbreaking fashion, including by one stroke to the late Payne Stewart in 1999 at Pinehurst. His fan support remains strong. Mickelson was picked in 45 comments on our Facebook post. Masters champion Bubba Watson was second with 12. No other golfer reached double figures in picks.

"Love to see Phil get the career slam, make the final putt on 18 and do the Payne Stewart finish, but pointing up to the sky as a tribute to Payne," commented Wayne Johnson. 

"It has to be Phil," wrote Brent Davis. "The story first started being written a decade ago, and the game of golf seems to have a way with great stories."

Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson also had received ample support from fans as of Wednesday afternoon.

"At some point his time will come, and I think he has the game to cope with Pinehurst, Matt Kuchar," wrote Tim Chapman.

See below for all the comments, and add your own to join the mix.