By Larry GLicken

Even with the FBI looking into insider trading allegations, against golfer Phil Mickelson, the odds of him wining the US Open are still set at 15-1. That speaks volumes about Mickelson’s mental toughness. He is able to keep his personal life outside the ropes as he continues to focus on completing the career slam.

If Mickelson wins nest week, he will be able to say, he has held all the major titles in golf. Some never win one. It is tough enough to compete in a US Open, regardless of whatever outside pressures you have. Not only is Mickelson trying to card the career slam. He is trying to win so one lucky contestant can capture the same check Mickelson wins.

Going back to Pinehurst no 2 for the US Open, takes us back in time when on the final day of the tournament, it was Mickelson, going up against the late Payne Stewart.

It is hard to believe it has been 14 years, since the death of Stewart, but you can bank on the fact Mickelson will be recalling that epic duel. Phil was waiting on the birth of his first child during the final round, yet he was able to keep his focus on the task at hand.

It was a mighty embrace which Payne Stewart, laid on Phil Mickelson after he won the US Open that year. Mickelson showed the world his mental toughness then, and I’m sure we are going to see it put on display once again, during this years US Open.

At 15-1 Mickelson is the 3rd lowest guy in the tournament. He let one get away 14 years ago. He could be the smart money bet this year.

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