The Latest: Mickelson gets 4th crack at Pebble in US Open

The Latest on U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (all times local):

7:15 a.m.

Phil Mickelson will tee off in his 28th U.S. Open, the only major he hasn’t won, and he doesn’t need to be reminded that his chances are dwindling to get the last leg of the career Grand Slam.

He turns 49 on Sunday.

Mickelson is the only player in the 156-man field making his fourth U.S. Open start at Pebble Beach. His first one was in 1992, when he made his professional debut with a 68 and was two shots out of the lead after the first round. The next day, Mickelson shot 81 and missed the cut.

The last time Mickelson competed at Pebble Beach was in February, when he won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a record-tying fifth time.


7 a.m.

Sam Saunders has hit the first shot of the 119th U.S. Open. His goal is to hit the last one in four days.

The U.S. Open returns to Pebble Beach for the sixth time, and the golf course has never looked more pure with dry weather in the forecast. Dry does not mean a blue sky over the Pacific. A marine layer seeped through the cypress trees for a chilly start.

Saunders is the grandson of Arnold Palmer, who was part of an ownership group that bought Pebble Beach some 20 years ago.

Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson are among the early starters. Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods play in the afternoon.

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