And it all started when he birdied the final two holes at Muirfield, shot a final-round 66 to win by three and became an unlikely winner of golf's oldest championship. That gave him three of the four majors in his career, and while never taking his hand off the Claret Jug -- without prompting -- he was looking forward to this very day.
"I think that if I'm able to win the U.S. Open and complete the career Grand Slam, I think that that's the sign of the complete great player," Mickelson said. "And I'm a leg away. And it's been a tough leg for me. But I think that's the sign."
Can you want something too much? We are about to find out.