Phil Mickelson watches his 12th tee shot during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at the Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course – North Course. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
(Reuters) – Phil Mickelson said he would not accept a derogation for the US Open this summer, at which the 49-year-old could reach a career grand slam, Golf Channel said on Wednesday.
Mickelson said he was confident of finding his way into the Winged Foot tournament and did not want any special treatment from the USGA.
"I will not accept it," he said.
"So I'll either be alone in the field, or I'll have to try to qualify." I will not make a special exception. "
Mickelson finished second or six times at the US Open, most recently in 2013, and is determined to overcome the hump alone.
"I think I will take part in the tournament. When I get in, I deserve to be there. If I don't, I don't. I don't want a place of sympathy. If I'm good enough to do it and to qualify, I have to earn my place there. "
"Lefty" won the PGA Championship in 2005, the Open Championship in 2013 and took home green jackets from the Masters in 2004, 2006 and 2010.
He will try to return to the top 60, the ranking of golfers who automatically qualify for the tournament if he tees on Thursday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which he won with three strokes last year, for his 44 PGA career to achieve tour victory.
Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Cut by Christopher Cushing