If Phil Mickelson is going to make history, he's got some work to do.
After one round at the U.S. Open, Mickelson sits in 16th place, five strokes behind leader Martin Kaymer.
Will Mickelson come back over the next three days and become the sixth man to win a career grand slam? It's possible, but as a couple Golf Channel analysts pointed out, there's a long way to go.
"All the talk coming in, the first few chapters of the book have been written," Golf Central's Frank Nobilo said. "'Phil's going to get the grand slam, he's going to do it at Pinehurst. This is where he was in the duel with Payne Stewart in 1999.' But those last couple of chapters, will it be another tragedy, so to speak? Will it be the seventh runner-up? And at the moment, after today — Phil was good, but Kaymer was great. And the difference between great and good is very, very small. But right now, I think if you're Mickelson, there's a long, long way to go."
"Phil Mickelson had not played great this year, but he was only four good rounds away from joining a great club, the most exclusive club in all of golf, the five men who've won the career grand slam," Golf Central's Brandel Chamblee said. "Phil Mickelson trying to make it six. ... One good round in the books. He's three good rounds away. Everybody says even par's going to win this championship. He had one even-par round."
Check out more discussion of the U.S. Open in the video above.