'I flinched': Mickelson lets an opportunity slide at Pebble

Phil Mickelson reacts after missing a putt on the ninth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Thursday, June 13, 2

Phil Mickelson reacts after missing a putt on the ninth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Thursday, June 13, 2

Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament, Thursday, June 13, 2019,

Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament, Thursday, June 13, 2019,

Phil Mickelson hits out of the bunker on the 10th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Thursday, June 13, 2019, i

Phil Mickelson hits out of the bunker on the 10th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Thursday, June 13, 2019, i

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — It was the kind of mistake that could cost a guy the U.S. Open.

"I flinched," Phil Mickelson said about a 12-inch putt that rimmed out on the third green Thursday.

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