Exactly three weeks before the first round of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, Phil Mickelson was spotted practicing on the links course Thursday in University Place, Washington.
According to TheOlympian.com, Mickelson was accompanied by short-game guru Dave Pelz, riding shotgun en route to the course, before flanking Mickelson’s side while the pair spent 3-1/2 hours scoping out the front nine. Mickelson caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay was also in tow.
Mickelson has more second-place finishes at the U.S. Open than he can count on one hand—six to be exact, two more than anyone else. At 44, the clock is ticking on the five-time major champion's opportunity to complete the career Grand Slam. He seems to be following the advice of USGA Executive Director Mike Davis, who said anyone hoping to win at Chambers Bay will need to do their homework.
Mickelson didn’t say much about the relatively unknown layout, other than calling it, “A very interesting course,” and adding that he’s, “Glad I spent some time here.”
Here’s a detailed look at Mickelson’s day at Chambers Bay courtesy of Aaron Levine of Q13 FOX Sports in Seattle:
Mickelson reached uphill 614-yard Par-5 8th Hole @ChambersBayGolf in two, 20 feet. Didn't putt, practiced multiple chips from side instead— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) May 28, 2015