BROOKLINE, Mass. – The good news for Phil Mickelson, after he limped off the ninth inexperienced at The Nation Membership outside Boston on Friday, is that he is not going to have to stress about making the decrease in his subsequent start in two weeks.
Mickelson didn’t do this on the 122nd U.S. Open, although he did play increased in Friday’s second spherical. He carded a 3-over 73, dropping his complete for 36 holes to 11-over. He was tied for 143rd amongst 156 players when he walked off the course.
“I liked the week. I merely wished I would carried out increased,” Mickelson said afterward, sooner than leaping proper right into a courtesy SUV collectively along with his group and leaving the membership.
Mickelson, a six-time major champion, was making his first start within the USA since late January. He is amongst 17 players who’ve been indefinitely suspended by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan for collaborating in throughout the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Assortment event in London last week with no conflicting-event launch.
Mickelson, 52, plans to play throughout the first LIV Golf event throughout the U.S., scheduled for June 30 to July 2 at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon. The LIV tournaments embody no cuts, shotgun begins and $25 million purses.
Mickelson’s complete of 11 over by 36 holes tied for fifth worst in a severe championship all through his career. He was 13 over after 36 holes on the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot and the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie, and 12 over on the Open Championship in 1994 and 2021.
An important second of Mickelson’s second spherical obtained right here when his errant shot hit a fan standing alongside the golf inexperienced. The particular person was helped by USGA officers, and Mickelson came around and shook his hand. The particular person was holding an ice bag on his head.
The incident didn’t seem to shake up Mickelson an extreme quantity of. After a bogey on the fourth hole dropped him to 12 over, Mickelson posted birdies on the par-4 fifth and par-3 sixth hole to get once more to 10 over.
After struggling to an 8-over 78 throughout the opening spherical, Mickelson acquired off to a larger start on Friday. Starting on the once more 9, he had three straight pars sooner than carding bogeys on the next three. He had a three-putt bogey on the par-4 thirteenth.
On the next hole, a 616-yard, par-5 monster, Mickelson lashed at his ball with a 3-wood on the golf inexperienced. He immediately raised his left arm and yelled, “Means left!” He hit his third shot proper right into a greenside bunker and three-putted for a further bogey.
“It was spectacular to return once more to such a historic course, and I believed the setup was distinctive and easily really showcased what a specific place this was,” Mickelson said.
Common, Mickelson acquired a warmth reception from spectators.
“The followers proper right here have always been terrific, they normally really help all sports activities actions,” Mickelson said. “I am keen on it after we convey golf proper right here on account of they really create a specific setting.”