Phil Mickelson will have to wait another year to have a shot at a career grand slam, and with it claim the title that has eluded him all his life.
Despite finishing seven-over-par leaving him tied 28th, the lefty maintains his time will come at the US Open.
“I believe in the next five years I'm going to have three or four really good chances, and I do believe I will get it,” said Mickelson.
Phil Mickelson poor form
Mickelson concedes that his form heading into Pinehurst wasn’t good enough and despite some last minute adjustments to his putting technique he just couldn’t find the game to challenge strongly.
"I'm going to spend the next five, six weeks seeing if I can get that to get it going." - Phil Mickelson
“I'm not upset or disappointed, I will have more chances. And right now, given the way I have been playing heading into this tournament, it was really a long shot.
“I've got to get some momentum and get my game sharp for me to really have a chance at winning and I'm going to spend the next five, six weeks seeing if I can get that to get it going here to finish the year strong.”
Phil Mickelson US Open preparation
Given the chance again the American said he wouldn’t change how he geared up for the championship, he believes it was down to events on the course and not in the rup-up that cost him.
"I threw too many shots away the first two rounds to really have a good chance." - Phil Mickelson
“I thought that I had a great game plan, I was ready to play, but sometimes it just doesn't click. It just doesn't come together,” said the lefty.
“It's one thing to have a great game plan, but you have to execute, you got to hit some shots, make some putts, and I threw too many shots away the first two rounds to really have a good chance.”
Mickelson’s focus now turns to the rest of the year and the Open in particular.
“I'll start getting ready for Hoylake and I'm optimistic about the end of the year, but I'm excited about the coming years, too. I think that this year has been a great learning year for me.”