Phil Mickelson’s 31st US Open appearance was not a memoir.
Mickelson dropped out of the event after two rounds, missing out on an ugly 11-over-par 151 at Brooklyn, Mass. Country Club.
Mickelson made an 8-over 78 shot in the first round on Thursday and the long haul was that he would be able to dig that hole. He made 73 cards in 3-overs before analyzing his poor performance on Friday.
“I thought I was better prepared than I was,” Mickelson told reporters. “US Open Final Test. And you don’t really know where your game is until you test it, and I thought I’d be a little closer to you. “
Mickelson, who turned 52 on Thursday, hit five bogeys against two birdies in the second round and mourned his loss. He felt that his opportunity to play on uncomfortable green vegetables was wasted in order to post a better round of the course in the Boston area.
“I really struggle with putting,” Mickelson said. “I’m fighting Potter, last week and this week. I think I’m definitely playing better than my score and I’m looking forward to working on it.
Last week was Mickelson’s first attack in the LIV Golf Invitational Series and he finished the tie in 33rd place.
Mickelson was significantly criticized for jumping from the PGA Tour to the Saudi-backed LIV Tour, and he was sharply critical of PGA Tour Commissioner J Monahan. He cited “incredible financial commitment” as the main reason for the move.
The six-time major champion has never won the US Open. He finished second in singles three times and tied second in three other events.
Although he was not on the hunt this year, he said he was appreciated for playing in this year’s event.
“I’ve enjoyed being back here,” Mickelson said. “The thing I enjoyed most was playing such a historic golf course and setting it up so wonderfully. I think the USGA has done a really good job. It really shows this historic place. “
Mickelson started Friday’s round from the back nine and things started to go downhill when he bogged three straight holes (13, 14, 15).
He boogie No. 4 before making birdies in each of the next two holes. Then there was another bogie at No. 7 before he finished his two purses.
One of the strangest moments of his round was when Mickelson’s wrong T-shot in the third hole hit a fan standing on the edge of the fairway. The man at first leaned on his back and held his head.
A few minutes later, the fan was holding an ice bag over his head when Mickelson stopped to shake his hand.
Mickelson says he plans to play at the LIV event in Portland two weeks from now. Like other golfers left for the rival golf league, he has been dropped from the PGA Tour.
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