Sport: U.S. Open: Sweet moment as Phil Mickelson fulfills a promise

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Getty Images. Phil Mickelson ’ s quest to win back-to-back major titles isn’t off to the best of starts. Mickelson bogeyed two of his first four holes Thursday at the U . S . Open , including the par-5 13th hole at Torrey Pines’ South Course. The latter blemish was partly thanks to an unlucky bounce off the After finding the rough off the tee at No. 13, Mickelson ’ s fourth hole of his opening round, Mickelson had to back off his second shot twice before fanning the shot left and into the brush. He dropped and then from 46 yards hit the pin with his fourth shot. The bad break left Mickelson a tricky lie in the thick

SAN DIEGO— Phil Mickelson can’t count the hours he spent at Torrey Pines as a kid. He was born in San Diego, just a short drive away from one of the most fabulous golf grounds in the world. His local muni was a course that routinely hosts PGA Tour events and even majors like this U . S . Open . The bigger problem is that his relevant experience with the course has faded over the years. Mickelson turned 51 years old on Wednesday. He’ s the oldest person to ever win a major. And Torrey Pines doesn’t resemble the Torrey Pines he grew up on.

TORREY PINES, Calif. — Golfers tossing balls to little kids standing along the ropes as they walk by is a fairly routine sight at any golf tournament. Phil Mickelson took it to a new level Thursday in the middle of Round 1 of the U.S. Open.

Walking between the 14th green and 15th tee, his first nine of the day, Mickelson spotted a kid in a highlighter-green T-shirt and tossed him his ball. Thing was, the little kid — 10-year old Grayden Jackel — was standing next to his buddy, 7-year old Santi Ulloa, who was visibly bummed.

“Don’t worry,” Mickelson said in stride, “I’ll get you in a couple holes.”

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Fifteen minutes later, after parring the 15th, Mickelson spotted the duo, walked right over to Santi. Despite the fact that Santi was sporting a pin with Tiger Woods' picture on it, Mickelson handed him a ball of his own.

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Phil Mickelson waves to the crowd after his bizarre Round 3 at the U . S . Open . (Getty). Call me cynical, but the explanation offered by the Bill Gates of the gap wedge seems like something he cooked up while playing the final five holes – while he was bathing in the love of adoring galleries who sang “Happy Birthday” to him over and over, to which he responded with dozens of vacant smiles and thumbs-up signs. That mindset spawned some of the grave questions Mickelson was asked Saturday. About disrespecting the game, and the Open itself, as if it were a veteran of foreign war.

Due to COVID protocols, golfers are not allowed to sign autographs. No worries for Grayden and Santi. They got something much better.

Mickelson, who just won the PGA Championship last month, is in search of a U.S. Open championship to complete the career Grand Slam. But he got off to a rocky start, bogeying three of his first seven holes to fall five strokes off the lead. Still, he remains a fan favorite, and Grayden and Santi can tell you exactly why.

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Phil Mickelson survives cut, might return to Detroit; Bryson DeChambeau silent in MC .
Phil Mickelson made the cut in Detroit and might return. Bryson DeChambeau, meanwhile, had nothing to say after a missed cut.And at no point on Thursday or Friday did he speak with the media.

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