Mickelson Falls Two Shots Short

By Derek Togerson
|  Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009  |  Updated 12:56 AM PDT
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Mickelson Falls Two Shots Short

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Phil Mickelson walks off the 18th green during the continuation of the final round of the 109th U.S. Open.

Phil Mickelson told his wife he would win the U.S Open. And he gave it one heck of an effort --- but came up two shots short. Under the current circumstances -- his wife Amy facing a battle with breast cancer -- Mickelson just might have played his best U.S Open ever. For a while, it looked like the fairy tale really would finish happily ever after.

For the first 14 holes, Lefty's putter was dialed in. When he's hitting irons like he was, the rest of the field started getting very nervous. Mickelson's approach on 13 rolled within five feet, he made the eagle putt to tie Lucas Glover for the lead.

But, as so often happens, Phil took himself out of contention. On 15, he missed a gimee par putt to fall a shot back. Then his tee shot on 17 landed in the deep stuff. Phil finished two-under for the tournament, two shots behind Glover. But, this one doesn't seem to hurt quite so much.

"Certainly I'm disappointed but I've got other things going on," said Mickelson. "And you know...oh well."

This is the fifth time Phil has finished second in the U.S Open and that's a new record. But this time, instead of people saying he choked a tournament away, they'll be praising him for giving it one heck of a run.

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