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News Flash: Phil Mickelson Still Can't Putt; Fails -- Again -- to Win U.S. Open

As Graeme McDowell played through the final holes of the US Open, his biggest challenger wasn't Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods or Ernie Els.

It was some guy named Gregory Havret. Wait, who?

Congrats to McDowell on his win, but you can't help but think that some of the top names in golf failed to capitalize on a wide-open Sunday at a major.

The biggest choke-artist was probably Phil Mickelson...again.

After a sluggish opening round of 75, Phil surged into contention on Friday while shooting a 66.

Everything was working for him that day, including his short game, considered Lefty's greatest strength.

Heading into the weekend, Phil didn't need to be spectacular to win the tournament that has eluded him his whole career. All he had to be was steady.

Alas, as he's done so many times in his career, Phil wasn't able to play consistently and close the deal. Ho hum, another "what if" tournament for the former Sun Devil.

Phil has now finished in the top five at the US Open three times in the last five years. The man just cannot win this thing.

Starting Saturday with two straight bogeys was a pretty good indicator of how the weekend would play out for Phil. A double bogey didn't help his cause, either, as Mickelson was +2 for the round, falling from his starting score of -1.

Sunday was no better. While Mickelson didn't choke away the tournament like Dustin Johnson did, it still wasn't pretty for Phil.

With numerous chances to gain some ground on the leaders, Phil's putter seemingly failed him on nearly every hole. Phil described his opening round of putting on Thursday as "horrific". And the same could be said for his weekend work on the dance floor.

In all, Phil averages 1.764 putts per hole, good for 65th on tour. If he putts well, he wins. If he doesn't he loses. It's a simple formula.

Sitting at even par for the tournament with nine holes to play, Phil was actually in good shape. A string of pars with a birdie or two mixed in and the tournament was his.

Well, the pars happened. But the birdies were replaced with bogeys.

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The final line: +3 for the tournament. Another close finish (tied for 4th with Woods) and another missed chance at Pebble Beach.

Phil also couldn't move up to the number-one overall ranking . More missed opportunities.

One of these days, Phil will probably win another major and perhaps the US Open.

Until then, Lefty might want to move his practice sessions from the range to his nearest mini-golf course.

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