Phil Mickelson eyes career grand slam on his home course at US Open

  • Mickelson needs US Open victory to complete grand slam
  • Torrey Pines is in golfer’s home city of San Diego

Phil Mickelson believes he has a “unique opportunity” to complete the career grand slam in his home city of San Diego on the back of his stunning US PGA Championship triumph.

Just nine days before rolling back the years at Kiawah Island to become golf’s oldest major champion, Mickelson had reluctantly accepted a special exemption for the 121st US Open at Torrey Pines, where he will celebrate his 51st birthday on Wednesday, the day before the event starts.

Phil Mickelson will get another chance to claim the career grand slam after a special exemption into the U.S. Open.

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Koepka says DeChambeau feud good for golf and will not harm US’s Ryder Cup

  • Four-time major insists spat is growing the game’s appeal
  • ‘What you do off the course doesn’t have any effect on it’

Brooks Koepka has insisted his feud with Bryson DeChambeau will not hinder the US team’s Ryder Cup chances. Koepka even claimed the public spat between two of golf’s star names is “good for the game” owing to the interest it has generated.

A leaked video of Koepka being disparaging towards DeChambeau emerged after the recent US PGA Championship. The two players subsequently traded blows on social media, with Koepka promoting a free beer opportunity for anybody who was ejected from the Memorial Tournament last weekend for shouting his name at DeChambeau. In response, DeChambeau implied Koepka should be disciplined by the PGA Tour.

Related: Koepka v DeChambeau an epic spat? More like a glimpse of golfing reality | Ewan Murray

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Jon Rahm’s PGA withdrawal shows world Covid must come before sport | Ewan Murray

Brazil is unsure whether to host the Copa América and attending Euro 2020 will be arduous but it is the way for now

It was one of the more remarkable episodes in a PGA Tour season. Jon Rahm, having stepped from the 18th green on completion of his third round at Muirfield Village, put head in hands after being spoken to by tournament officials. His caddie batted aside a camera crew as they pursued what was evidently a breaking story. The simple inference was that Rahm had been told that someone close to him was seriously ill; or worse.

As it transpired, Rahm had tested positive for Covid‑19. It had been a complex process, instigated by him being identified as a contact of someone who had the virus at the start of Memorial Tournament week. His involvement was now over.

Related: ‘Not again’: Jon Rahm told he has Covid on live TV while leading US PGA event

Related: Lexi Thompson’s near flawless round sends her into US Women’s Open lead

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Yuka Saso wins US Women’s Open after Lexi Thompson’s final day collapse

  • Saso becomes only the second teenager to win the US Open
  • Thompson held five-shot lead at one point on final day

Yuka Saso birdied the third playoff hole to beat Nasa Hataoka on Sunday and become the second teenager to win the US Women’s Open after Lexi Thompson collapsed down the stretch.

Saso overcame back-to-back double bogeys early in the round to make the playoff. She then won it with a 10ft putt on the ninth hole to become the first player from the Philippines to win a golf major. Saso matched 2008 winner Inbee Park as the youngest US Women’s Open champion at 19 years, 11 months and 17 days.

Related: Yuka Saso wins 2021 US Women’s Open golf in play-off – live reaction!

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Cantlay admits Memorial win was ‘weird’ after Jon Rahm’s Covid-19 withdrawal

  • Patrick Cantlay beats Collin Morikawa in play-off for victory
  • Rahm was withdrawn due to Covid-19 with huge lead

Patrick Cantlay delivered a clutch birdie late in the round and a 12ft par putt in a playoff to win the Memorial on a Sunday filled with drama, a little rain and no Jon Rahm.

Cantlay closed with a one-under 71 and won the Memorial for the second time in three years, and he said he felt the same range of emotions in the final hour at Muirfield Village in his duel with Collin Morikawa.

Related: ‘Not again’: Jon Rahm told he has Covid on live TV while leading US PGA event

Surreal TV moment as six-stroke leader Jon Rahm learns he tested positive for COVID and Jim Nantz tries to make sense of it without knowing what Rahm's been told

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