Phil Mickelson finished his final round at golf’s U.S. Open before the leaders teed off, closing with a 3-over-par 73 that left him 17 strokes behind. His quest for the career Grand Slam of all four major titles will have to wait for at least another year.
Mickelson, 45, opened with a first-round 69 and then shot scores of 74 and 77 to fall out of contention at Chambers Bay Golf Course outside Seattle. He closed his round Sunday with a 7 at the par-5 18th hole, his lone double-bogey of the week at the season’s second major championship.
Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Branden Grace share a three-shot lead at 4 under entering the final round at the U.S. Open, where just eight players are below par.
The only other time four players shared the 54-hole lead at the U.S. Open was in 1973, when Arnold Palmer, Jerry Heard, Julius Boros and John Schlee were tied atop the leaderboard. None of them won, as Johnny Miller -- who was six behind and tied for 13th -- shot a final-round 63 to win at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania.
Spieth, who is seeking to become the sixth golfer to win both the U.S. Open and Masters Tournament in the same year, tees off in Sunday’s next-to-last group, starting at 2:48 p.m. local time (5:48 p.m. in New York) with Grace. Johnson and Day are starting in the final group at 3 p.m.
Day will be playing after a bout with vertigo caused him to collapse on his final hole Friday and left him with visibly shaky hands and unstable legs during the third round.
The other four players under par at the season’s second major championship are 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen, who shot his second consecutive 66; Cameron Smith; Shane Lowry, and J.B. Holmes. All are 1 under.