Golf: Mickelson eyes Grand Slam

Open Championship winner Phil Mickelson

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Open Championship winner Phil Mickelson is targeting the US Open next year as he looks to become the sixth man to complete a Grand Slam of major championship titles.

Mickelson shot up the leaderboard on Sunday at Muirfield when he fired a thrilling five-under 66 to claim a three-shot victory as Lee Westwood stuttered in his attempts to pick up his first major.

The 43-year-old finally added the Claret Jug to his three Masters titles and one PGA Championship victory and he is now focusing his attention on the US Open.

The left-hander has finished as runner-up in the US Open on six occasions but a win would see him join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as winners of all four majors.

At Merion last month, Mickelson led as he started his final round but a poor score of 74 allowed Justin Rose to power home and take his first major title.

The American admits that defeat inspired him to push on and win the Scottish Open and Open Championship and ‘Lefty’ is determined to add that final trophy to his collection.

He said: “I think that if I’m able to win the US Open and complete the career Grand Slam, I think that that’s the sign of the complete great player.

“I’m a leg away. And it’s been a tough leg for me! Those five players are the greats of the game. You look at them in a different light.”

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