20 Jun '13, 4pm

Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson left Merion wondering how many more chances they have left

Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson left Merion wondering how many more chances they have left

The sun was setting, literally and figuratively, on Steve Stricker, and he knew that as well as anyone as he strode toward the shuttle pickup area. A van was about to whisk him, his wife, Nicki, and the couple's two daughters away from Merion Golf Club and, oh, yeah, the pages of golf history. Moments earlier, Stricker had stood with Phil Mickelson. The sentimental Open favorites had just seen America's national championship slip uneasily from their grasps again. Stricker, 46, was looking to become the oldest Open champion ever and a first-time major winner. Mickelson, 43, carries a gunfighter's swagger and the weight of history. Like Sam Snead, Lefty has never won an Open. This one was another heartbreak and, remarkably, the sixth time Phil finished second, an unenviable record he has surely put out of reach. Steve Loy, Mickelson's former college coach and his longtime ag...

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