Phil Mickelson to miss U.S. Open cut

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Phil Mickelson’s first major event since joining the LIV Golf Invitational will be a short one as he misses the cut to the U.S. Open in Brookline, Massachusetts. Mickelson finished at 11 over after 36 holes, well beyond the projected cut line to stay near 4.

Mickelson has long been in the spotlight at the U.S. Open given his unfortunate history at a major he never won, but this year’s spotlight is in a different shade. After years of criticism of the PGA Tour’s grip on players’ media rights, his support for what became known as LIV Golf — and his willingness to downplay human rights abuses committed by his Saudi supporters — became public in February. Know. That led to a long absence: Mickelson’s last PGA Tour event was in late January. He missed the Masters for the first time since 1994 and did not show up to defend his PGA Championship victory starting in 2021.

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When he appeared at LIV’s inauguration outside London earlier this month, he sported a beard and was dressed in black, which is what he looked like on his way to the country club this week. While he answered some tough questions from reporters about taking Saudi money at a press conference on Monday, country club fans seemed happy to see him, even as he dragged himself around a stadium where he couldn’t play. lingering on.

Mickelson’s second round on Friday was better than his first round on Thursday — he made three bogeys on the first five holes and a double bogey on the sixth to finish with a 78, better than 8 par — but not enough to get him into the weekend. After starting at three par, Mickelson made three consecutive bogeys and was over par when he made a long putt from the green on the 14th hole for his second birdie Double digits. He made another long putt on the subsequent hole for birdie, but it still didn’t matter.

It’s no surprise that Mickelson missed the cut, given his tormented history in this game. He’s finished second at the U.S. Open six times, behind Jack Nicklaus’ seven-time Grand Slam runner-up at the British Open. the difference? Nicklaus has also won the British Open three times, and the U.S. Open remains the only major to keep Mickelson out. In his eight U.S. Opens since his most recent runner-up finish in 2013, Mickelson has not finished better than a tie for 28th and has missed the cut three times.

At 50, he becomes the oldest player to win a major since his thrilling 2021 PGA Championship, Mickelson in two of his three majors. Both missed the cut and finished a non-competitive 62nd in the other race. He wasn’t much better on the regular PGA Tour either, where he finished tied for 33rd out of 48 in his first unqualified LIV Championship.

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Still, Mickelson’s reputation has led LIV’s Saudi supporters to think it would be wise to reportedly pay him more than $200 million just to join the coalition, which he built by helping pay for lawyers who drafted the operating agreement. Union. He’ll be the face of the team even as his best years on the court are behind him.

His future in non-LIV events is less certain. The PGA Tour suspended all players joining the split tour, but has no say in who can participate in the golf major run by an outside entity. As a past Masters and PGA Championship champion, Mickelson has a lifetime pass to those tournaments — assuming Augusta National and the PGA of America don’t change their rules — and he gets free entry to the British Open as a past champion , until the age of 60. In addition, Mickelson earned three years of automatic U.S. Open qualification with his PGA Championship win last year.

But beyond that, Mickelson seems destined to spend his golden golf years mostly playing against smaller rivals on lighter schedules in order to make easy money on the LIV Tour.

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