In theory, a US Open in his native California should be made for Phil Mickelson. He's a five-time runner-up in his national Open while 13 of his 40 PGA Tour wins have come in the Golden State. However, a deeper check of his stats shows that all those five second places came over on the East (four times in New York and once in North Carolina) so 'home advantage' could be overplayed. To be fair, Mickelson's four US Opens in California haven't exactly been poor - third (2010) and 16th at Pebble Beach, 18th at Torrey Pines and 10th here at Olympic Club in 1998) - and clearly he has an excellent record in this event. The left-hander let an obvious victory chance pass him by at Augusta recently but at least it showed that he's still a huge force in the big events even if he's not as strong week in, week out in regular PGA Tour action. Some sort of challenge is almost guaranteed and given his popularity with fans, home state allegiance and agonising record of near misses in his event you'd struggle to find a more popular winner.