|Second Place Again | Phil Mickelson at the US Open
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Posted: June 17, 2013
by Ted Greenberg
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Second place sounds pretty good. Until you’ve been there six times without clutching the trophy. Yesterday, golfer Phil Mickelson was one round away from finally lifting the US Open trophy. He headed into Sunday with the lead, but as he’d done five times before, he wound up being the runner-up (or the first loser). And, well, that sucks.
Sure, coming in second at the US Open, one of the four most important golf tournaments in the world, is a feat. And one that no one else has equaled. There’s gotta be a lot of pride on Mickelson’s part, but also a lot of regret. He’s come so close that he could taste, smell, feel and sense victory in every way, yet he’s never been the victor. Never hoisted the US Open trophy. And, no he must wonder if he will always be second place. At least at this tournament.
Second place is fine in the lottery or in a contest at a fair or perhaps at a spelling bee. Oh, no, we all want first place. To be the one standing alone at the top. The one with all the glory. All the money. All the acclaim.
Please note Lefty wasn’t the only 2nd place contestant on Father’s Day. Mary Margaret McCord of Alabama was the first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant, losing the crown to Miss Connecticut Erin Brady and some of the spotlight to Miss Utah’s education answer guffaw.
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