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Playing for History at the 2012 U.S. Open

June 13th, 2012 · No Comments

Much has been written about who will win the 36 hole tournament within a tournament among the much publicized pairing of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Bubba Watson. Besides bragging rights and an edge going into the weekend, these three are playing for much more that “just” a U.S. Open.

Tiger Woods
Woods’ fifteenth major would pull him to within three of Jack Nicklaus, and to within one of Walter Hagen (assuming they ever reinstate his five Western Opens as majors).
His fourth U.S. Open would tie him with Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, and Nicklaus for most U.S. Open titles.
He would end a four year drought in the majors and put an exclamation mark on his comeback.
He would win a major with his fourth different swing.
Woods would complete the California U.S. Open Slam of the Modern Era with wins on three different courses.

Phil Mickelson
His fist U.S. Open.
His fifth major would tie him with Seve Ballesteros for most career majors in the Modern Era (1958-now).
Mickelson would join Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, and Ray Floyd as a winner of three different majors.
He would, based on his overall record (which includes five seconds in the U.S. Open), become arguably the sixth best player of the Modern Era, behind only Nicklaus, Woods, Palmer, Player, and Watson.
He would join the exclusive Won in their Forties club of major winners.

Bubba Watson
Win the second leg of the Grand Slam. Yes, he is a long shot, but he is the only player in the field that has a shot.
Watson would become a multiple major winner.
He would now own two different major titles.
He would answer the critics who have been questioning his motivation of late.

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