Mickelson, like Europe’s Colin Montgomerie, is often spoken of as the best player not to have won a Major.
He has twice finished as runner-up in the US Open and was also narrowly beaten at the USPGA in 2001.
Missing out on those occasions only reinforced that unwanted tag, although it does prove that Mickelson is likely to be consistent and hard to beat at The Belfry.
The left-hander has been involved in three Ryder Cups, and made an impressive debut at Oak Hill where he won all three of his matches, though the United States were beaten by one point.
He was out of luck again two years later at Valderrama, shining in the singles against Darren Clarke, but still ending on the losing side, before tasting success at Brookline in 1999.