The Washington Times - June 18, 2011, 06:51PM

This wasn’t Phil Mickelson’s day, as the veteran star shot a 6-over-par 77 in the third round of the U.S. Open at Congressional. The worst was a pair of bogeys at Nos. 16 and 17.

“Yeah, it was a rough back nine,” he said. “Some things kind of fell apart there in the end.”

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Before that, Mickelson three-putted the par-13th, one of his three back-nine bogeys.

But more than all this, it wasn’t his week. Mickelson’s tournament started with a shot right into the water on the 10th hole, and he never came close to continuing the odd recent trend. Two of the past three U.S. Open champions had double-bogeyed their first holes.

Mickelson will be well done with his round Sunday by the time a champion is crowned.

“I’ve enjoyed my week,” he said. “The people in D.C. have been very nice, and it’s been really a great site for the tournament.”