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Byline: Mark Purdy
MAMARONECK, N.Y. _ Phil Mickelson did not need the applause. He especially did not need the "pity applause" athletes often receive when they fall flat on their faces. Nope. You know what Phil Mickelson needed?
Sunday afternoon, Mickelson suffered a 2002 flashback. In the clutch, he went back to his old habit of doing something incredibly stupid to blow a U.S. Open _ in this case, making double-bogey 6 on the final hole to give away a one-shot lead. After making his final putt and realizing what he had done, Mickelson walked off the 18th green at Winged Foot Golf Club wearing a mask of numbness. He would later call it a state of "shock."
And then things got even worse. After signing his scorecard, Mickelson had to return for the trophy ceremony on the very same green. He was forced to watch Geoff Ogilvy, a skinny Australian who trailed Mickelson by two strokes with four holes to play, receive the …