The US Open is the only major that Phil Mickelson is yet to win, but in 2006 when the tournament was last played at Winged Foot he was in prime position to take home the trophy, but collapsed at the very last hole.
After making an incredible par from the trees at the 17th, Mickelson stepped onto the 18th tee with a one-shot lead and much to everyone's surprise he pulled out his driver, which had caused a few problems earlier in the day.
It could have been the poor form with the driver or the nerves of winning the US Open, but Mickelson sent his final drive of the day well left, into the hospitality tents and he threw away the title to Geoff Ogilvy.
“I’m in shock, I can’t believe I’ve just done that. I’m such an idiot,” said Mickelson following his final round in 2006. “As a kid I dreamed of winning this. I’ve worked so hard and I just can’t believe it.”
Fast forward 14 years and the US Open returns to Winged Foot, one of the hardest golf courses on the planet, where Mickelson will be looking to complete a career Grand Slam.
In the build up to the 2020 US Open, Mickelson sat down with his good friend and comedy icon Larry David, where the two reminisced on the 2006 tournament at Winged Foot. Watch the hilarious conversation in the video below:
"I remember that one," said David. "I remember on the 18th hole whilst you were teeing off, I remember you took a driver out of your bag and I must say, I was thinking to myself, 'what could possibly be going through that idiots' mind?', you know?"
Mickelson grinned and replied: "Well I could share it with you, but I don't know either."