Phil Mickelson hopes experiment works

June, 15, 2014

PINEHURST, N.C. - Phil Mickelson noticed the swelling ranks of LPGA players who began arriving Sunday at Pinehurst for this week's U.S. Women's Open.

Mickelson hopes the experiment of having back-to-back Opens is successful.

"I hope this works out," he said. "There's a lot of exciting female players that will be competing and their shot selection will be interesting and their execution on such a demanding golf course will be interesting.

"And it's fun to watch when you already know what the golf course is like and how it plays and where you can and can't go."

Among LPGA golfers, Lydia Ko was among those who looked forward to following Mickelson's round. He shot a 2-over 72 in the fourth round to finish at 7-over for the tournament.

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ESPN Senior Writer