Wet Pinehurst would please Phil Mickelson

Popular left-hander Mickelson, 43, has finished second on six occasions at the season’s second major, including a runners-up finish in 2013.

The Californian has three Masters wins, one PGA Championship and a British Open trophy to his name to tally five majors, and he knows exactly what he needs to complete the set: rain.

Mickelson said his fortunes at US Opens, despite the course changing from year to year, have often improved in the wet.

“The one analysis that I’ve made is that of those six second placed finishes, five of them it rained,” he said, ahead of Thursday’s tee off at Pinehurst.

“So I’m pulling for rain.
“It’s not really technical coming down the last nine holes but I feel like if it rains this week it would be much more difficult for guys to putt from off the green and would force them to chip.”

Only five players – Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen – have triumphed in all four majors since the Masters was established in 1934, and Mickelson said it would be extra special to wrap up the feat with America’s ‘national championship’.

“It’s a career goal of mine to win all four majors and I feel like the five players that have done that have separated themselves from the other players of all-time,” he said.

“It shows that they have a complete game and if I’m able to do that I feel that I would look upon my career differently.

“That’s why it would mean so much in addition to the fact it’s our national championship and growing up here in the United States this is the tournament that I’ve always felt patriotism and would love to win plus with all the close calls.”

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