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"Wacky Phil" Mickelson shows up on No. 18

Remember Winged Foot in 2006 when Phil Mickelson double-bogeyed the 72nd hole and called himself "such an idiot" for going for the green out of the deep rough on the left side and winding up hitting a tree? It's only the first round of the 2010 U.S. Open, but that guy showed up today on the 18th hole, which is only Mickelson's ninth of the tournament.

After a drive down the right side of the fairway, Mickelson's view of the green on the 543-yard par-5 was blocked by two pines in the middle of the fairway. Rather than lay up and go for birdie with his splendid short game, Mickelson pulled a fairway wood from the bag, aimed between the trees toward the Pacific Ocean and tried to hit a left-handed draw onto the green in two to give himself an eagle putt.

Oops. It didn't draw. At least, not enough. Mickelson's second shot hit the rocks left of the sea wall and bounded into the ocean. After a penalty drop, Mickelson did get up and down to save bogey, but it was his third straight bogey to finish nine holes at +3, one more than playing partner Padraig Harrington. Clearly, the ninth hole of a 72-hole tournament was no time to try such a heroic shot as Mickelson did.

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