2006 US Open: How Mickelson Collapsed ... and Ogilvy Survived

Geoff Ogilvy poses with Phil Mickelson and the trophy after winning the 2006 U.S. Open Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York on June 18, 2006
Geoff Ogilvy (with trophy) won the 2006 US Open after Phil Mickelson (right) and others stumbled. Sam Greenwood/WireImage/Getty Images

At the 1968 Masters, after one of the most infamous blunders in golf history, Robert De Vicenzo exclaimed, "What a stupid I am!" Following the 2006 U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson added another quote to the litany of post-blunder blurts: "I am such an idiot."

Mickelson had the 2006 U.S. Open in his grasp. Or so it appeared as he stepped to the tee on the tournament's final hole. He led Geoff Ogilvy by one stroke.

A par would win Mickelson the trophy, a bogey would result in an 18-hole playoff the following day. Mickelson accomplished neither, however, making a double-bogey and giving Ogilvy the victory.

What prompted Mickelson to call himself an idiot afterward? Mickelson had hit only two of 13 fairways all day; his driver was, to say the least, erratic. But he didn't play safe on that 18th tee. Mickelson hit driver again, and again it was wild - the ball actually struck a spectator tent well right of the fairway. And then Mickelson again chose a very aggressive play, rather than playing safe, attempting to carve the ball around trees and tree limbs to reach the green. His ball struck those trees instead.

His third stroke found a bunker left of the green; his blast out of the bunker rolled off the green; he chipped up and putting in. Double bogey, tournament lost.

For Ogilvy, it was career major No.

1. For Mickelson, it was the record-tying fourth time he finished second in a U.S. Open. Mickelson had been going for his third straight win in a major, having won the 2005 PGA Championship and the 2006 Masters.

Mickelson wasn't the only one who struggled with the last hole, however. Jim Furyk and Colin Montgomerie tied Mickelson for second, one stroke behind Ogilvy.

Montgomerie also doubled the 18th, while Furyk missed a 5-foot par putt that ultimately cost him a spot in a playoff with Ogilvy.

Ogilvy carded a 2-over 72 in the final round, but he was the only golfer among the late leaders to avoid costly mistakes down the stretch. Ogilvy parred the last four holes, including a chip-in from off the green on the 17th.

Earlier in the week, Tiger Woods missed the cut. This was Woods' first tournament coming back from a break following the death of his father. It was the first time Woods missed the cut in any major championship.

2006 U.S. Open Scores
Results from the 2006 U.S. Open golf tournament played on the par-70 West Course at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. (a-amateur):

Geoff Ogilvy71-70-72-72--285$1,225,000
Colin Montgomerie69-71-75-71--286$501,249
Jim Furyk70-72-74-70--286$501,249
Phil Mickelson70-73-69-74--286$501,249
Padraig Harrington73-69-74-71--287$255,642
Vijay Singh71-74-70-73--288$183,255
Kenneth Ferrie71-70-71-76--288$183,255
Nick O'Hern75-70-74-69--288$183,255
Steve Stricker70-69-76-73--288$183,255
Mike Weir71-74-71-72--288$183,255
Jeff Sluman74-73-72-69--288$183,255
Ryuji Imada76-73-69-71--289$131,670
Ian Poulter74-71-70-74--289$131,670
Luke Donald78-69-70-72--289$131,670
Paul Casey77-72-72-69--290$116,735
Robert Allenby73-74-72-72--291$99,417
David Duval77-68-75-71--291$99,417
Miguel Angel Jimenez70-75-74-72--291$99,417
David Howell70-78-74-69--291$99,417
Arron Oberholser75-68-74-74--291$99,417
Tom Pernice Jr.79-70-72-71--292$74,252
Peter Hedblom72-74-71-75--292$74,252
Jose Maria Olazabal75-73-73-71--292$74,252
Trevor Immelman76-71-70-75--292$74,252
Adam Scott72-76-70-74--292$74,252
Henrik Stenson75-71-73-74--293$52,341
Ernie Els74-73-74-72--293$52,341
Sean O'Hair76-72-74-71--293$52,341
Craig Barlow72-75-72-74--293$52,341
Angel Cabrera74-73-74-72--293$52,341
Ted Purdy78-71-71-73--293$52,341
Steve Jones74-74-71-75--294$41,912
Rod Pampling73-75-75-71--294$41,912
Woody Austin72-76-72-74--294$41,912
Scott Hend72-72-75-75--294$41,912
Bart Bryant72-72-73-77--294$41,912
Stewart Cink75-71-77-72--295$36,647
Jay Haas75-72-74-74--295$36,647
Charles Howell III77-71-73-74--295$36,647
Lee Williams75-73-73-75--296$29,459
Jason Dufner72-71-78-75--296$29,459
Bo Van Pelt72-75-73-76--296$29,459
Tommy Armour III79-70-74-73--296$29,459
Stephen Gangluff76-73-77-70--296$29,459
John Cook71-78-74-73--296$29,459
Chad Collins76-71-72-77--296$29,459
Fred Funk71-75-73-77--296$29,459
Kent Jones73-74-73-77--297$20,482
Fred Couples73-74-71-79--297$20,482
Philip Archer72-72-75-78--297$20,482
Graeme McDowell71-72-75-79--297$20,482
Charley Hoffman76-70-78-73--297$20,482
Thomas Bjorn72-74-73-78--297$20,482
Charl Schwartzel74-72-76-75--297$20,482
J.B. Holmes74-73-75-75--297$20,482
Darren Clarke73-72-79-74--298$18,031
Ben Curtis78-71-77-73--299$17,614
Kenny Perry77-71-79-74--301$17,281
Jeev Milkha Singh73-76-77-76--302$16,676
Skip Kendall73-75-76-78--302$16,676
Camilo Villegas74-72-79-77--302$16,676
Ben Crane77-72-74-80--303$16,126
Tim Herron73-76-79-77--305$15,836

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