Despite Oakmont being incredibly difficult — the most difficult by Mickelson’s standards — Lefty calls it fair, which most players would say Chambers Bay wasn’t a year ago.
DATE: Jun 16 – Jun 19
TOURNAMENT: U.S. Open Golf Live 2016
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, PA
DEFENDING CHAMP: Jordan Spieth
“It’s a very fair test, even though it’s hard. But a lot of golf courses, when they challenge you tee to green the way Oakmont does, it usually has a little bit of a reprieve on the greens,” he continued. “You really don’t at Oakmont. They’re some of the most undulating, fast, difficult greens to putt. It really is the hardest golf course I think we’ve played.”
Mickelson will have extra weight on his shoulders next week as he looks to complete the elusive career grand slam. At the age of 45, it’s not getting any easier by the year, but he’s confident that he can break through and finally take home that trophy that’s been dodging him for decades.
“The reason why I’m optimistic about Oakmont is that it doesn’t require me to hit a lot of drivers,” Mickelson said. “It requires me to get the ball in play off the tee, but when I’m not hitting drivers, if I’m hitting 3-woods, hybrids, I feel confident I’m able to do that a fairly high percentage of the time.”
Those moments and many more are celebrated in FOX Sports’ teaser promo video for this year’s U.S. Open, which will take place at Oakmont Country Club in the Pittsburgh area.
Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and more get shout-outs, overlaid with calls from broadcasters then and now. This ought to help you fill the post-Masters void until major championship golf returns.
The 2016 U.S. Open will take place June 16-19. You can watch all the action on FOX and FOX Sports 1, as well as streaming online on FOX Sports GO.