Mickelson backed for career Slam; GOLF.
PHIL MICKELSON was the man golf punters were latching on to yesterday as US Open week started, the popular left-hander coming off a tie for second place in the St Jude Classic, writes Steve Palmer.
Mickelson, who has been US Open runner-up six times and will complete a career Grand Slam of Majors should he triumph at Oakmont on Sunday, could have been backed at 40-1 before the weekend. A bold effort in Memphis, though, means no bigger than 30-1 is available today.
Mickelson closed with a bogey-free three-under-par back-nine in the St Jude, a perfect confidence-booster going into his most important tournament of the season.
Daniel Berger repelled Mickelson and the rest to make the St Jude his maiden US Tour title. The cocksure youngster is 66-1 to follow up his breakthrough victory with US Open glory.
Jason Day and Rory McIlroy are 15-2 co-favourites, with Jordan Spieth 10-1. Dustin Johnson, who signed off from St Jude with a final-round 63, is 16-1. Justin Rose, who has missed his last two scheduled events due to a back problem, has confirmed he is a starter at Oakmont. The Englishman, US Open champion in 2013, is 28-1.