PINEHURST, N.C. – Phil Mickelson, who has finished runner-up a record six times in the U.S. Open, failed in his first try to become the sixth player in history to win the career grand slam. His next chance will be next year at Chambers Bay.
“I believe in the next five years I’m going to have three or four really good chances, and I do believe I will get it,” he said Sunday after finishing in a tie for 28th. “I’m not upset or disappointed. I will have more chances.”
Moore falters in final round
Puyallup’s Ryan Moore, who moved up from 122nd after his first round to 30th after his third, was unable to continue the momentum. He shot a final-round 76 to finish tied for 48th at 11 over.
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Moore parred his first five holes, then made a bogey on the sixth hole before back-to-back triple bogeys on the seventh and eighth. He played the final 10 holes in 1 under, but the damage had been done.
Erik Compton, a 34-year-old who had heart transplants at ages 12 and 28, shared second place with Rickie Fowler, eight strokes behind Martin Kaymer.
“I’ve never gotten this far along in my story,” said Compton, choking back tears. “It’s a career-opening thing for me. For me to put myself on the map and prove to the world that I’m not just the guy with two heart transplants.”
NBC signs off
Analyst Johnny Miller almost cried. Host Dan Hicks shook his hand and thanked him for “a great ride.”
With that and a highlight montage at the end, NBC’s 20-year run of televising the U.S. Open was over. The United States Golf Association’s 12-year deal with Fox Sports begins next year.
This article includes information from The Associated Press.