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Double Trouble Leaves Bad Taste for Mickelson
He hasn't gotten over collapse in U.S. Open yet, but his coaches say he will bounce back.
By Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
June 22, 2006

Is there a timetable for U.S. Open fallout? It's four days later and the dust still hasn't settled on Phil Mickelson's double bogey on the last hole that cost him the U.S. Open at Winged Foot.

"It could take longer than that," Rick Smith, Mickelson's swing coach, said Wednesday.

Back home in Rancho Santa Fe, Mickelson may not be able to stay in bed for days, as he predicted he would, mostly because he has three children under the age of 7. Though he has stayed out of sight, his train-wreck six at the 18th hole Sunday remains a hot topic.

Smith said it was all about the timing.

"It was how and when it happened," he pointed out. "Nobody's talking at this point about Tiger missing the cut, nobody's talking about Retief [Goosen] missing the cut or that Ernie [Els] was out of it and Vijay [Singh] was out of it. You're too under the microscope when something happens like that.

"And nobody made a 30-footer to beat him. That leaves a bad taste in your mouth."

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