2014 US Open: It was just never Phil Mickelson's week

Phil Mickelson never could get things going at Pinehurst. (Getty Images)
Phil Mickelson never could get things going at Pinehurst. (Getty Images)

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At least his heart is still in one piece this year.

Phil Mickelson, a six-time runner-up at this tournament, never gave himself a chance to have his heart broken at the 2014 US Open because he was never really in the hunt. At 7 over Mickelson finished T28, a few spots better than his T33 in 2005.

He was five shots back after the first day and 13 back after the second and it never really got closer than that.

Coming into the week Mickelson opined that his tournament would be won or lost off the tee.

"I feel good with the driver," said Mickelson. "I feel like that's going to be the club that could kind of make or break my week this week."

He was right.

Mickelson had the fourth-worst fairways hit percentage of any golfer who made the cut at 57 percent. Martin Kaymer hit more fairways in his first 50 holes than Mickelson hit all week.

But there was another problem. Mickelson didn't putt at all.

Like, he was barely even giving himself a chance.

"I thought that I had a great game plan, I was ready to play, and sometimes it just doesn't click," he said.

"It just doesn't come together. It's one thing to have a great game plan, but you have to execute, you got to hit some shots, make some putts, and I threw too many shots away the first two rounds to really have a good chance."

It's true, it never clicked for Lefty. You always know when it's coming with him and it never did. You could hear it in his crowds. They were hanging on every shot and he left them hanging all week.

"I mean, it wasn't disappointing. It was a fun week. I just loved the golf course, the setup, how it played, how fair it was."

See you next year, Lefty.

For those wondering what Lefty's scorecard looked like, here you go: 

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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