Phil Mickelson is not going to have to qualify for the U.S. Open in spite of everything.
The five-time main champion, who grew up within the San Diego space close to the venue for this yr’s championship, Torrey Pines, accepted a particular exemption from the US Golf Affiliation on Friday to play within the 121st U.S. Open subsequent month.
It will likely be the thirtieth U.S. Open of Mickelson’s profession, a match he has by no means received however the place he is completed runner-up six occasions.
“Profitable the U.S. Open has been a lifelong and elusive dream, and I’ve come shut so many occasions,” Mickelson mentioned in an announcement. “You’ll be able to’t win in the event you do not play. I am honored and appreciative of the USGA for the chance and stay up for taking part in in my hometown on a golf course I grew up on.”
Mickelson, 50, mentioned final yr that he wouldn’t settle for an invitation for the 2020 championship however ended up being exempt for the match at Winged Foot, the place he infamously double-bogeyed the ultimate gap in 2006 to overlook a playoff by a stroke. Mickelson missed the reduce final yr.
Two weeks in the past, when requested about the potential for a particular exemption by ESPN, Mickelson mentioned he did not know whether or not he would settle for and mentioned taking part in in his hometown wouldn’t be a part of the choice. He mentioned on the time that he would enter the 36-hole sectional qualifier on June 7 in Columbus, Ohio, if he had not made it into the sphere by that time.
Gamers not in any other case exempt can earn a spot within the area by being among the many high 60 on this planet on Might 24 or June 7. The U.S. Open will probably be performed June 17 to twenty.
Mickelson is ranked 116th on this planet. He was the first-round chief final week on the Wells Fargo Championship after taking pictures 64, then adopted with scores of 75-76-76 to fall to 69th. In 10 occasions in 2021, his greatest end is a tie for twenty first on the Masters.
Mickelson has been runner-up on the U.S. Open in 1999 to Payne Stewart at Pinehurst, 2002 to Tiger Woods at Bethpage, 2004 to Retief Goosen at Shinnecock Hills, 2006 to Geoff Ogilvy at Winged Foot, 2009 to Lucas Glover at Bethpage and 2013 to Justin Rose at Merion.
That whole of six is probably the most runner-up finishes of any participant by no means to have received the match, the lone main preserving Mickelson from finishing a profession Grand Slam. He has 4 different top-10s on the U.S. Open.
“Phil Mickelson’s unbelievable USGA taking part in document and total profession achievements are among the many most noteworthy within the sport’s historical past,” USGA CEO Mike Davis mentioned in an announcement. “We’re thrilled to welcome him to this yr’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.”
Mickelson performed his first U.S. Open as an beginner in 1990 and performed 23 in a row from 1994 via 2016, lacking the 2017 match due to his daughter’s commencement.
The USGA has now granted 35 gamers a complete of 53 particular exemptions relationship to 1966, when it gave its first to Ben Hogan.
Jack Nicklaus, a four-time winner of the U.S. Open, obtained eight exemptions and performed his last one in 2000 at age 60. Arnold Palmer was given 5, and he performed his last U.S. Open in 1994 at age 64. Ernie Els obtained a particular exemption in 2019. The final participant who had not received the U.S. Open to obtain a particular exemption was Vijay Singh in 2010.