The US Open takes place in California and that could be a great omen for Phil Mickelson, as he goes in search of golf’s Grand Slam.
Only five players in history have achieved the feat – Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Tiger Woods – who was the last player to do so in 2000.
This year has already seen Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth fail to add the missing Majors to their collection in order to seal the Grand Slam, and Mickelson has the chance to complete the honour he has been searching for since 2014 after winning The Open in 2013.
Players one Major short of Grand Slam
|Walter Hagen||Masters Tournament|
|Jim Barnes||Masters Tournament|
|Lee Trevino||Masters Tournament|
|Rory McIlroy||Masters Tournament|
|Tommy Armour||Masters Tournament|
|Sam Snead||US Open|
|Harold Hilton||US Open|
|Phil Mickelson||US Open|
|Byron Nelson||The Open Championship|
|Raymond Floyd||The Open Championship|
|Tom Watson||PGA Championship|
|Arnold Palmer||PGA Championship|
|Jordan Spieth||PGA Championship|
Mickelson – the greatest left-hander of all time – is now looking to seal the honours at Pebble Beach, and it is fair to say he will have the home crowd on his side, but he will find it easy with world number one Brooks Koepka looking for a third successive win.
The ‘three-peat’ as the Americans have dubbed it could happen for only the third time in history, with the first coming back in 1903 when Scotsman Willie Anderson completed his three wins.
Bookmakers are finding it hard to split the field and favourite is actually Rory McIlroy – who is looking for his first major win in five years.
OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton: “Now have all four golf majors over four months, they come thick and fast, but the US Open remains a special event and Brooks Koepka looks a strong contender. He has won four out of the last eight, and for us it is hard to understand why he is not shorter.
“Rory McIlroy was superb in Canada to win, and he looks in great shape – and it has now been a number of years since his last Major and he will be eager to get another in his locker.
“But can Mickelson do it, can he be the first player in nearly 20 years to join the Grand Slam club – at 40/1 he has a chance, but he clearly needs to do it soon.”
Selected odds US Open:
Brooks Koepka – 8/1
Rory McIlroy – 8/1
Dustin Johnson – 8/1
Tiger Woods – 11/1
Jordan Spieth – 16/1
Patrick Cantlay – 18/1
Justin Rose – 22/1
Xander Schauffele – 22/1
Rickie Fowler – 25/1
Justin Thomas – 25/1
Jon Rahm – 28/1
Hideki Matsuyama – 28/1
Jason Day – 28/1
Adam Scott – 28/1
Tommy Fleetwood – 33/1
Francesco Molinari – 33/1
Phil Mickelson – 40/1
*Odds correct at time of writing
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