Phil Mickelson will win the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.
The two current leaders, Lucas Glover and Ricky Barnes, have together a total of one PGA Tour win. With another night to sleep on, the two are most likely thinking about where they are at.
A five stroke lead, with seventeen hard-earned holes to go in Bethpage Black, with Phil Mickelson and company gunning after them.
A five stroke lead sounds like a lot. But a five stroke lead, can be turned into a two-hole difference within a few bogeys, and some birdies from the field.
And it's not like these leaders have been here before; compared to Phil Mickelson, the veteran who has several major championships under his belt already.
Sure, it's the U.S. Open. Everybody wants it.
But for Phil Mickelson it's different. His wife has recently got diagnosed with breast cancer. He is not trying to win this for him. Mickelson is fighting to win this for his wife, who has a uncertain future.
Who would try harder then a man who's wife is battling cancer? That sounds like something that would drive a person to play their absolute best, day in, and day out.
Mickelson has come short of the U.S. Open several times. He has four second-place finishes at the U.S. Open.
He has a PGA Championship, two Masters, and what could of been a U.S. Open trophy if it was not for the famous "I am such an idiot" moment in 2006.
The largest final-round deficit ever overcome in a U.S. Open was seven strokes, by Arnold Palmer in 1960.
Only five strokes back, Mickelson does not have anything too impossible. But can he pull it off?
In about 17 holes we will find out.
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