Phil Mickelson says No. 13 at Olympic Club will end many a golfer's dreams of hoisting the 2012 U.S. Open trophy (Photo: Wikipedia)

Phil Mickelson may not be in the field at next week’s Travelers Championship, but the Cromwell, Conn., site was on his mind earlier this week when he discussed the tough Olympic Club track he and the rest of the U.S. Open field face this week in San Francisco.

For Lefty, the 199-yard, par-3 13th was a make-or-break hole for golfers who would either make it into the weekend or wend their way back east.

“I think that 13 provides the most challenging shot, because it’s a long, narrow green with wind blowing right to left. It’s pushing the ball left,” Mickelson told reporters on Tuesday. “If you miss it right, you’ve got a chip that’s downhill, downwind, you’re not going to get it up and down. And if you miss it left, it’s off to Hartford. You may as well pack your bags, and we’ll see you next week at Hartford because that ball is going to go down the creek, in the rough, under the trees, and you may still be there on Monday.”

Mickelson will get his first official look at the 13th later this morning. The four-time major winner who’s yet to chalk up an win in his national championship, will tee off at 10:33 a.m. ET with Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson.

Watson, by the way, will be among the heavy hitters at TPC River Highlands for the Travelers, which starts next Thursday. The reigning Masters champ notched his first of four PGA Tour wins at the New England tourney in 2010.


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