Stars on show at St. Jude Classic
It's a tournament Phil Mickelson has come so close to winning so many times, only to agonizingly fall short.
Not the U.S. Open - that's next week - but the St. Jude Classic in Memphis.
Mickelson definitely won't claim that first U.S. Open victory this year because he's already said he's skipping it to attend his daughter's high school graduation .
But he hopes to finally break through at TPC Southwind, where Mickelson has three top-three finishes in the last four years in Memphis with no titles.
''I don't want to think about the results because when you start thinking results, you never perform your best,'' Mickelson said Wednesday. ''But I do know that if I play well, it's a golf course I've played well on in the past. I like it very much, and I've been playing well this year. I just haven't quite shot as low as I'd like to, and I feel like it's close. I can't think of a better place to put it all together than right here.''
The final tuneup before the U.S. Open next week in Wisconsin brought out a tough field, with Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka here along with Adam Scott, who is playing here for the first time in a decade, and Daniel Berger, who is defending his first and only PGA Tour title .
''It's been awesome,'' Berger said. ''You get a lot of kind of great memories driving in, and it just like, didn't feel like that long ago, and it was a year ago.''
Some things to watch during the final event before the U.S. Open: