This got lost over an amazing weekend of golf but Phil Mickelson hung out with Rick Reilly (or maybe it was the other way around) last week and said some things about the US Open that will raise a few eyebrows.
First, on completing the career grand slam.
"I'm going to win a bunch of tournaments. I'm going to win at least one US Open, maybe two," Mickelson said.
Whoa. What?! Two? The guy doesn't have a top-10 finish all season.
He didn't stop there, though.
"And I'm going to make the 2016 Olympic team. And really, I'd love to make the 2020 Olympic team. I'd be 50. How cool would that be?"
Wow. That's pretty lofty stuff from Lefty.
He explained why he's about to embark on this stretch of golf.
"My body isn't beat up like a lot of guys. My swing isn't like Tiger's, or Jason Day's, Dustin Johnson's, even Hunter Mahan's. I don't have a really fast golf swing that has a lot of viciousness, a lot of fierceness, where the torque and power that's released is hard on the knees, the back.
"My swing is big and long and has a wide, wide arc. That doesn't put any pressure on my body ... I'm like a kicker in the NFL. I'm not beat up. I can keep playing at a high level for a long time."
That's true and probably a reason for optimisim but I'm not sure it's reason for the kind of optimism Phil is selling.
Still, the article is a great read and Reilly does a great job capturing what it's like to be Mickelson.