With the 109th U.S. Open finally in the books, so too is Phil Mickelson’s streak of 61 straight major tournaments. Mickelson has made it fairly clear that this past weekend at Bethpage Black will be it for golf for a while, so that he and wife Amy can concentrate on her treatment for breast cancer.
Mickelson doesn’t anticipate returning to the tour until August at the earliest, which would mean he would miss next month’s British Open at Turnberry. But the popular Mickelson hasn’t completely closed the door on the British Open though, only saying that he “most likely” would be skipping the tournament.
Mickelson’s bid to win this past weekend’s U.S. Open came up short, as he made a final round charge but finished as runner-up to Lucas Glover, his record setting 5th second place finish at the U.S. Open.
Turnberry, the venerable Scottish course that will be the home of the 2009 British Open, announced this week that it is extending the course for the tournament. Six new tees will be added, including a spectacular 200-yard drive over the bay near the famous Lighthouse at the 10th hole.
The yardage for the final three holes has increased for the British Open, which hasn’t been played at Turnberry for 15 years, making the total yardage 7204 for the Open.
The British Open will be played July 12-16, 2009.
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