Phil Mickelson is hoping to finally win the U.S. Open on Sunday (Carr/Getty Images)
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
ARDMORE, Pa. -- The way Phil Mickelson figures it, if he produces a round under par Sunday at Merion, his chances of winning his first U.S. Open title will be significant.
"A low score, a good score," Mickelson said when asked what it will take to win. Mickelson enters with a one-stroke lead over Hunter Mahan, Charl Schwartzel and Steve Stricker.
"I don't know what number that is, but I do believe I've got an under par round in me tomorrow even with the difficult pins and the possibly firmer conditions."
To shoot under par, Mickelson will need a round in the 60s. That's not something he's managed to do very often in the final round of the U.S. Open.
In his 22 previous appearances at the U.S. Open, Mickelson has made the cut 20 times. Of his 20 final rounds, just one of those rounds has been in the 60s -- a 69 in 2009 at Hazeltine, when he finished tied for second.
That's the last of his five runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open.
Mickelson, who is celebrating his 43rd birthday Sunday, is paired with Mahan in the final group. They tee off at 3:20 p.m. ET.
MICKELSON'S FINAL ROUNDS AT U.S. OPEN
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