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Continued: With US Open in his grasp on his birthday, Mickelson suffers another heartbreaking loss

  • Article by: TIM DAHLBERG , AP Sports Columnist
  • Last update: June 17, 2013 - 6:59 AM

"This could have been the big — a really big turnaround for me on how I look at the U.S. Open and the tournament that I'd like to win after having so many good opportunities," Mickelson said. "Playing very well here and really loving the golf course, this week was my best opportunity I felt, heading in, certainly the final round, the way I was playing and the position I was in."

There was still a chance at the end, though it wasn't a good one. With no driver, Mickelson had to hit his 3-wood on the 511-yard finishing hole immortalized by Hogan's 1-iron and he put it in the left rough with no chance of reaching the green.

The crowd serenaded him with choruses of "Happy Birthday" as he came to the green needing to hole a pitch shot to force a playoff, but there would be no happiness this time.

"This one's probably the toughest for me because, at 43 and coming so close five times, it would have changed the way I look at this tournament altogether and the way I would have looked at my record," Mickelson said.

"Except I just keep feeling heartbreak."

A word he kept repeating. A feeling he knows all too well.

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Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg@ap.org or http://twitter/timdahlberg

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