Phil Mickelson has finished second in the U.S. Open five times. Maybe it's just a matter of time, and that time is now.

The Olympic Club is a shot-maker's course. That's Mickelson. Hitting straight shots bores him. He also admitted he gets "mentally lethargic" on Thursdays and Fridays of PGA Tour events.

That will not be the case here, in part because Mickelson will be paired with Bubba Watson and, more importantly, Tiger Woods. "He gets the best out of me," Lefty said. "When it's time to tee off Thursday, I'll be ready."

I'm counting on it.

tgreenstein@tribune.com

Bloom will be on Rose

Jeff Shain

Orlando Sentinel

I'm crossing off the usual suspects. Tiger Woods has yet to show one win is the springboard to another. Phil Mickelson seems to attract the ill-timed mistake. Bubba Watson won't keep it in the fairway.

No U.S. Open winner goes back-to-back (Rory McIlroy) or won the week before (Dustin Johnson). Luke Donald has a lousy Open record. Lee Westwood is allergic to clutch putts in a major.

Justin Rose, meanwhile, has quietly put together a solid season. The English pro finds fairways (19th on the PGA Tour), ranks No. 3 in hitting the green in regulation and No. 6 in saving par when he doesn't. He won in March at Doral and has six top-10 finishes since then. It's Rosey's time.

jshain@tribune.com