2022 US Open Golf Odds: Phil Mickelson 80 to 1 to complete Career Grand Slam; Will Lefty even play?
We are halfway through the 2022 Grand Slam schedule on the PGA and European Tours following Justin Thomas’ victory over Will Zalatoris in a PGA Championship playoff on Sunday from Southern Hills. The next major is the US Open, which this year will be held at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, starting June 16. Phil Mickelson skipped the Masters and the PGA Championship because of his Saudi-backed golf league comments that made him a bit of an outcast in the golfing world. Will Lefty play at the US Open? Caesars has it on the board but a +8000 long shot to win.
Mickelson memorably finished second six times at the US Open, the only major tournament he did not win. There is a very select group with career Grand Slams: Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
At 51, it’s obviously unlikely Lefty can win what is usually the toughest of the four majors, but again at 50, he’s become the oldest major championship winner at the 2021 PGA Championship. is what made it so surprising that he chose not to defend last week.
Three months ago, Mickelson voiced his support for the Saudi-backed breakaway golf tour, despite acknowledgment of the country’s “horrible human rights record”. He has not been seen or heard from since. He was originally in the field for the PGA Championship before retiring. Mickelson’s 52nd birthday is June 16, by the way.
“I wish you could see him now,” Mary Mickelson told USA Today of her son over the weekend – noting that he now has a beard and mustache to help stand out in public. “He’s relaxed, he’s laughing all the time. He’s not on the phone with people calling him for this or that, and please play in this tournament, and it’s tough when you have to. say no, when you don’t have time to drop in. But he took a lot of time with our family… I think you’ll see a different person if he decides to come back and if he plays, someone who will love to play just to play.”
There is no doubt that the US Open is now the tournament that Mickelson most wants to win. The Country Club has hosted the event three times, most recently in 1988 when Curtis Strange and Nick Faldo each finished at 6 under and Strange won in the playoffs. The course also hosted the memorable 1999 Ryder Cup won by Team USA.
Tiger Woods retired from the PGA Championship after a 79 in the third round. It was his first career W/D in a major tournament as a professional and no one knows if he will play at the US Open. Tiger is +5000 to win it for a record fourth time and the first since 2008.
Woods has indicated he will only play in “big events”, and specifically said he will play at the British Open, which begins on July 14. Woods and Mickelson were part of that 1999 Ryder Cup squad. They both signed up to play at the US Open, but that’s just a formality.
Spaniard Jon Rahm is the defending champion and a +1200 second favorite behind reigning Masters winner and world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler (+1100), who missed the cut at the PGA Championship. Thomas is +1400 for having the rare PGA/US Open double in the same year.
Most attendees at this year’s US Open won’t know the Country Club as it hasn’t hosted anything since the 2013 US Amateur won by England’s Matt Fitzpatrick. Former New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead could be on the field. He was one of five golfers to qualify for Omaha and will play in the final qualifying game in Springfield, Ohio on June 6.
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