Golf – Mickelson upbeat for Oakmont

Five-time Major winner Phil Mickelson is hoping that a good showing at the St. Jude Classic will translate into a challenge for victory at the upcoming US Open. Mickelson, who is without a win since his Open Championship success three years ago, finished in a tie for second place at TPC Southwind as Daniel Berger claimed his first PGA Tour title. And left-hander Mickelson, a six-time runner-up at the US Open and 25/1 with bet365 to win the tournament next weekend, is feeling confident as he prepares for the huge challenge of Oakmont CC in Pennsylvania. He told the official PGA Tour website: "For me to get into contention and feel the heat and to just get my game feeling sharp heading into next week, it was important. "Oakmont is a course that will severely punish poorly-hit shots and reward well-struck shots. So, to have a little bit of momentum, have a little bit of confidence heading into next week is big time. "Courses are either fun, great or hard. There's nothing fun about Oakmont, there's nothing great about Oakmont, but it's extremely hard. It's probably the hardest course I've ever played."

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