Phil Mickelson’s smooth talk, Rory McIlroy’s ‘trepidation,’ and other notes ahead of...

Phil Mickelson’s smooth talk, Rory McIlroy’s ‘trepidation,’ and other notes ahead of the U.S. Open

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OAKMONT, PA — NO FLIES ON THEM: The USGA’s last two scheduled interviews Wednesday afternoon were with Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, the two players most likely not to want to answer the questions the media would be apt to ask.

Between Mickelson’s unsavoury acquaintances with professional gamblers, walking a fine line on the edges of money laundering, and Johnson’s failures to finish majors on the weekends — notably his haunting 3-putt from 12 feet last year at Chambers Bay — the sessions were certain to be full of awkward moments.

BE COOL: But no, Mickelson’s lengthy Q&A was as smooth as anyone could have made it. He danced around questions about the Securities and…



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