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Phil Mickelson downplays US Open prospects after Pebble Beach win

On Monday, Phil Mickelson matched Mark O'Meara's record of five Pebble Beach Pro-Am victories, adding to his previous successes in 1998, 2005, 2007 and 2012.

Phil Mickelson with the trophy for winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Phil Mickelson won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am by three strokes thereby recording his 44th PGA Tour triumph in style with a closing seven-under-par 65. (Source: USA Today Sports)

Phil Mickelson has downplayed suggestions that his win at Pebble Beach on Monday will have any bearing on his chances of completing the career grand slam when the US Open is contested at the same venue in June.

On Monday, he matched Mark O’Meara’s record of five Pebble Beach Pro-Am victories, adding to his previous successes in 1998, 2005, 2007 and 2012.

Inevitably, the question of the US Open arose quickly.

However, Mickelson said Monday’s win was irrelevant because the course will be completely different in June from the soggy, lush layout that greeted the players during the Californian winter.

Asked in a greenside interview what the performance did for his confidence, Mickelson said: “Absolutely nothing, because it’s nothing like the course we’ll see.

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“I’m hitting drivers and trying to bomb it down there and hit wedges in (this week).

“The rough will be so different and the greens so firm it will be a whole different golf course but I’ll deal with that in six months.”

Mickelson is one of three players looking to complete their collection of all four majors this year.

Rory McIlroy will have his opportunity at the Masters in April, with Jordan Spieth getting his chance at the PGA Championship in May.

Only five players have won all four modern majors — Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods.

Mickelson has come close, with six runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open.

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He has won five majors — the Masters (2004, 2006, 2010), PGA Championship (2005) and British Open (2013).