My regular Thursday National Post column is now online. You can read it here.
Here’s a taste:
Tiger has played it and Phil has studied it. Now the question is what will Oakmont Country Club do to the rest of professional golf when the best in the game tip it up there in two weeks for the U.S. Open?
Mickelson, who showed up on the American holiday weekend, was there with his team — caddy Jim MacKay and short game guru Dave Pelz (absent was new swing doctor Butch Harmon) — to put a magnifying glass to the beastly Pittsburgh-area course in the hope of gaining some sense of what it takes to conquer it. Oakmont can be brought to its knees, as Johnny Miller’s 63 at the 1973 U.S. Open demonstrated. But that’s a rarity, and many consider Miller’s round the greatest ever played in a major championship, tournaments where limiting your mistakes are as important as capitalizing on opportunity.