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Phil Mickelson wants to play Pinehurst before U.S. Open, unable to book tee time

With the 114th U.S. Open coming up in early June, Phil Mickelson, like many golfers, would like to take a look, perhaps play a round or two on the course where the major is to be played. You know, get in some good prep work.

This year, the Open will be held at Pinehurst N0. 2 in North Carolina. And even though Mickelson is familiar with the course, he’d still like to see how it has been set up for the tournament and take note of any changes have been made to the course after it underwent a $2.5 million renovation in 2011.

Pinehurst last hosted the U.S. Open in 2005. The time before that, in 1999, Mickelson almost won, coming up just short, finishing in second to Payne Stewart in the late golfer’s legendary win. In fact, Mickelson has been runner-up at the U.S. Open an astounding six times and is the only major he hasn’t won during his otherwise vastly successful career.

With that in mind, Philly Dog would love to take a gander. The trouble is, despite several efforts to pay a visit to Pinehurst, he has been unable to book a tee time.

“I’ve tried to get down there three times now, and the course has been booked all three times,” Mickelson said Wednesday, via the Golf Channel. “So I don’t know when I’ll get down there.

“I’ve been trying, but the course is booked,” Mickelson quipped. “There are 300 people on the golf course. They won’t let me out there.”

Huh. Seems like a strange problem for a professional golfer — one of the most famous golfers in the world, to boot — to not be able to at least sneak on the course for a round. Or hop on with a threesome whose fourth guy flaked, although who would would flake when given the chance to play the historic Pinehurst.

Maybe Phil should have tried one of those online tee time booking sites. Either that or pull a “Do you know who I am?” move.

“I’m FIGJAM, dammit! Now get me on the freaking course, for crying out loud!”