No respect for some big names?

June, 12, 2014

PINEHURST, N.C. -- The scoreboard near the 15th green at Pinehurst offered up a couple of Rodney Dangerfield specials this morning. For starters, Matt Kuchar's name appeared as "Kucher," and even though Kuchar has long established himself as a top player, the unwitting lack of U.S. Open respect could be explained like this:

Hey, he's never won a major.

But the same can't be said of Phil Mickelson, who's won five. As Mickelson surveyed his chip shot on the 202-yard par-3 (he started on the back nine), the board displayed his name as "Michelson." Phil proceeded to run his line-drive chip off the opposite side of the green in making his first bogey of the day to fall back to 1-under.

Of course, his five majors include three Masters, one PGA and one Open Championship. If he finally wins a U.S. Open after a record six runner-up finishes, perhaps the scoreboard keepers will come up with the correct spelling.

Ian O'Connor

ESPN Senior Writer
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