I'm a native of Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul. It was there that I was inflicted with the curse of being a Minnesota Vikings fan. There is still no known cure, though many times I wish there was. I'm also an avid follower of the Minnesota Twins and of course, the Iowa State Cyclones.
As I said to Trent earlier today, it takes a pretty good golfer to finish second at the U.S. Open six times. Six. Think about that. Coming that close to one of golf’s premier championships and coming up short that many times. All those chances to win slipping through your fingers. I t would drive some men insane! Phil Mickelson seems to handle it well, though, despite his obvious disappointment. He missed so many close putts on Sunday that I lost count. That was the case for many others on the course, too, but it hurt more when Mickelson missed because you know he’s 43 years old and won’t have many (if any) more opportunities to win an Open. Imagine how you would see Mickelson’s career if he had won one or two of those six times he finished second. He’s already in the World Golf Hall Of Fame, but adding a U.S. Open title two his three Masters wins and PGA Championship would probably put him among the elite of the elite in golf history. As it is, the poor (er, I mean super-duper-rich) guy will probably be better remember for his close calls at the U.S. Open than anything else. And that’s kind of a shame.