PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 11: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson walk the fairway together during THE PLAYERS Championship on May 11, 2018 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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U.S. Open: Tiger and Phil Both Have Intriguing Storylines Entering Play

Woods and Mickelson are both hungry for success at Shinnecock Hills this weekend.

It would be an amazing story if either Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson is able to win the U.S. Open – and not just because neither is favored to win.

For Woods, a win at the U.S. Open would be his first victory at a Major since he won the tournament at Torrey Pines 10 year ago in 2008 on what was later revealed to be a broken leg.

A win would also be Woods’ 15th Major overall and move him one victory close to matching Jack Nicklaus’s all-time record of 18.

Obviously, a win for Woods would mean a lot, but it might mean even more for Mickelson, who has never won the U.S. Open and needs a victory at the tournament at some point to complete his career Grand Slam.

He’s come close (six runner-up spots), but a win at the Open has eluded Mickelson thus far.

Neither golfer – Woods is 42 and Mickelson is 48 – is getting any younger, adding even more incentive for both of them to play their best at Shinnecock Hills this weekend.

“Debate has raged over what would be the greater achievement – a 15th major for Woods after his life skirmishes and four back surgeries, or old rival Phil Mickelson finally landing a U.S. Open after six runner-up spots to secure the career grand slam,” according to CNN. “The jury is out.”

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