Merion was tough on Phil Mickelson.
The reigning Open champion had what he described was his best chance to finally capture the elusive U.S. Open in June. Instead, he came up short against Justin Rose, posting a sixth second-place finish in the championship -- only adding to a record no one wants to own.
The loss was crushing -- so crushing, in fact, that Mickelson didn't get out of bed for days.
In an appearance on 'Today" on NBC, Mickelson said, "My worst, hardest loss of my career was the U.S. Open just a month ago. For days, I didn’t get out of bed; I was tired."
Once again, however, it was Mickelson's family that helped pulled him out of the funk.
"It was a trip that we had to Montana that kind of got me out of my funk and I realized that I’m playing great golf, and I can’t let one loss affect the rest of my year," he said.
Mickelson then went over to Scotland with his family and won the Scottish Open and Open Championship in consecutive weeks.