With Mickelson lamenting that this was maybe his last best chance to win a US Open, out of Mickelson and Norman, whose record for choking in majors is worse. Lefty seems like his legacy will be similar to Norman in that he finished second in so many majors.
Mickelson - 4 majors (3 Masters and 1 PGA), 41 PGA tour victories, US Open record 6 2nd place finishes: 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013; 2nd place in the Open Championship 2011.
Norman - 79 worldwide victories (20 PGA tour) Masters a total of three 2nd place finishes: 1986, 1987, 1996; U.S. Open finished second twice: 1984, 1995; The Open Championship Won: 1986, 1993; the PGA Championship finished second twice: 1986, 1993.
7 second place finishes for each. Lefty has more major wins, but runner up 6 times at the US Open is pretty incredible without a victory. The 1986 "Norman Slam" is crazy too, holding the 54 hole lead in all 4 majors, yet only winning one of them.
re: Phil Mickelson or Greg Norman - Whose majors failures are worse(Posted by MrCoachKlein on 6/17/13 at 1:46 pm to tigerpimpbot)
I was too young to watch Norman, but if you compare top 5 finishes, Norman probably takes the cake. Out of the re-runs I've watched, it seems like Norman would also completely shite the bed in a way that Phil usually doesn't
re: Phil Mickelson or Greg Norman - Whose majors failures are worse(Posted by DumpsterFire on 6/17/13 at 1:55 pm to tigerpimpbot)
I would say Norman. I think this is Phil's first time to lose a major with the 54 hole lead. Winged Foot is the only real absolute disaster that I can think of for Phil. He usually plays average in the final round of the U.S. open, and doesn't quite make that one shot he needs to move from 2nd place to the winner's circle.
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re: Phil Mickelson or Greg Norman - Whose majors failures are worse(Posted by lsutigers1992 on 6/17/13 at 1:57 pm to MrCoachKlein)
Norman was robbed by the two most ridiculous finishes in major golf history. Larry Mize holed out from 140 or something after a pitiful approach. Bob Tway holed out from the bunker and I doubt he could even see the flagstick.
Nothing like that happened to Phil. He choked. Norman was snakebitten