Mickelson gets best chance yet at No. 1

Masters champion Phil Mickelson has another chance to replace

Tiger Woods at No. 1 in the world this week at the U.S. Open, and

this might be his best chance yet.

Mickelson can reach No. 1 for the first time in his career by

winning at Pebble Beach. But there are more scenarios in

Mickelson’s favor.

He would go to No. 1 by finishing runner-up as long as Woods

finishes out of the top four. Mickelson could finish third at the

U.S. Open and go to No. 1 if Woods were to finish out of the top

18.

If Woods misses the cut, Mickelson would need no worse than a

two-way tie for third.

Woods has been No. 1 for the last five years.