US Open

Player 'pulling' for Mickelson

2015-06-18 09:45

Cape Town - Gary Player wants US golfer Phil Mickelson to join him and four other players in the history books by winning the US Open at Chambers Bay.

Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen are the only players in history to win all four of the Grand Slam titles during the course of his career but Mickelson has the chance to join them should he prevail over a strong field this week.

Mickelson is a five-time major winning but has had his fare share of heartache when competing in the US Open, most notably in the 2013 US Open at Merion.

Gary Player responded to Sport24's question as to who is he backing for the 2015 US Open:

Mickelson has eight Top 5 finishes in his US Open career.

Player also feels that the nine South African golfers in the field will need to improve on their current form in order to contend. Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen are the only players in history to win all four of the Grand Slam titles during the course of his career.

While Charl Schwartzel has already hit out at the Chambers Bay course, Gary Player loves the design of the Robert Trent Jones, Jr golf course.

The 115th US Open at Chambers Bay tees off on Thursday at 16:00 SA time.

Selected tee times:

16:11: Garth Mulroy (RSA); Richard Lee; Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN)

16:33: Phil Mickelson; Bubba Watson; Angel Cabrera (ARG)

17:06: Hideki Matsuyama (JPN); Graeme McDowell (NIR); Matt Kuchar

17:17: Dustin Johnson; Adam Scott (AUS); Sergio Garcia (ESP)

17:17: Henrik Stenson (DEN); Francesco Molinari (ITA); Brandt Snedeker

17:28: Martin Kaymer (GER); a-Yang Gunn (KOR); Rory McIlroy (NIR)

22:00: Tom Hoge; Brad Fritsch; Tjaart van der Walt (RSA)

22:33: Geoff Ogilvy (AUS); Ernie Els (RSA); Retief Goosen (RSA)

23:06: Daniel Summerhays; Thomas Aiken (RSA); Danny Lee (NZL)

23:17: Jordan Spieth; Jason Day (AUS); Justin Rose (ENG)

23:28: Tiger Woods; Rickie Fowler; Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)

23:39: Jimmy Walker; Zach Johnson; Ian Poulter (ENG)

22:55: Kevin Kisner; George Coetzee (RSA); Alexander Noren (SWE)

23:06: Brendon Todd; Branden Grace (RSA); Thongchai Jaidee (THA)

23:17: Billy Horschel; Paul Casey (ENG); Lee Westwood (ENG)

23:28: Bill Haas; Charl Schwartzel (RSA); Hunter Mahan

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