Phil Mickelson decided he’d spend his 45th birthday at Chambers Bay.
He was up early on a chilly and overcast Tuesday morning practicing his putting and chipping on the second day of official practice rounds — and his birthday no less. He wasn’t here yesterday because he had competed in the FedEx St. Jude Classic over the weekend, finishing third.
“Lefty” walked passed a host of spectators walking off the putting green. He didn’t sign autographs, but muttered that he would be signing after finishing at the 18th hole following his practice round later. He headed out just after 8 a.m. in a group with Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker.
Forbes recently published a story that Mickelson, for the first time in his career, passed Tiger Woods this year as the highest paid golfer in the world, earning $50.8 million to Woods’ $50.6 million. But he hopes this weekend he can do what Woods already has — compete the career Grand Slam by winning his first U.S. Open.
Woods for the second consecutive day began his day with a 7 a.m. practice round. His group today consisted of 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth, Nick Hardy and Russell Henley.
Sergio Garcia signed autographs in the morning. He’s hoping to end an 0-for-66 record in majors with a Chambers Bay victory this week.
The Spaniard afterward headed for his practice round starting at the 10th hole alongside Stephen Gallacher, Bernd Wiesberger and Colin Montgomerie.
Here’s the complete list of Tuesday’s tee times for U.S. Open practice rounds at Chambers Bay:
MORNING TEE TIMES ON NO. 1
MORNING TEE TIMES ON NO. 10
AFTERNOON TEE TIMES ON NO. 1
AFTERNOON TEE TIMES FOR NO. 10