When Phil Mickelson tees it up at the U.S. Open next week, conversation regarding his search of the career grand slam will take center stage.
Tour vet and often one of Mickelson’s playing partners Brendan Steele thinks the 45-year-old Mickelson has a great chance of taking the U.S. Open title, saying so on the GOLF.com Podcast Friday.
“Absolutely (Phil can win),” Steele said. “I’ve played a lot with Phil over the last six years, and this year especially. When we’re playing at home, he looks really good. He’s been driving the ball straighter than I’ve ever seen him do it before and he’s been putting better than I’ve ever seen, which is a great combination.
“His iron play is always really good, and his wedges and chipping are always really good. If he’s rolling it well and driving it in the fairway, he’s dangerous.”
Mickelson opened 2016 with three top-five performances before the Masters, but he’s missed the cut in half of his tournaments since. Steele talks about what the players have to deal with at Oakmont and what the madness of sectional qualifying is really like in the podcast below.