Phil Mickelson 3-over 73 cards on Friday but misses US Open cut-off at 11

Brooklyn, Massachusetts. – The good news for Phil Mickelson, having come off the ninth green at The Country Club outside Boston on Friday, is that he won’t have to worry about making the cut at his next start in two weeks.

Mickelson did not do so at the 122nd US Open, although he did better in the second round on Friday. He served 3-over 73, dropping the total number of holes for 36 to 11. He was tied for 143rd out of 156 players when he walked off the field.

“I enjoyed the week. I wish I could have played better,” Mickelson said afterwards, before jumping into an SUV with his team and leaving the club.

Other notable names that have missed the cut 3 over 143 include Sergio Garcia, Billy Hurschel, Webb Simpson, Shane Lowry, Daniel Berger, Tony Fino, Kevin Na and Harold Varner III.

Six-time main champion Mickelson had his first US start since late January. He is among 17 players who have been suspended indefinitely by PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan to play in the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series event in London last week without a conflicting event being issued.

Mickelson, 52, plans to play in the first LIV Golf event in the United States, scheduled for June 30-July 2 at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon. LIV tournaments do not include any cuts, starters and $25 million worth of bags.

Mickelson’s total of 11 to 36 holes tied for the fifth-worst major at a major slam of his career. He was 13 after 36 holes at the 2020 US Open at Winged Foot and the 1999 Open at Carnoustie, and 12 at the Open in 1994 and 2021.

After a bogey dropped him on the fourth hole to 12 more, Mickelson posted a birdie on the sixth hole with a 4-fold and 3-bar to go back to 10.

After struggling 8-78 in the opening round, Mickelson got off to a better start on Friday. Starting at the back nine, he had three straight segments before stealth combing into the next three. He had a 3-pitch bogey in Bar 4 13.

On the next hole, a 616-yard, 5-bar monster, Mickelson hit his ball with three woods in the fairway. He immediately raised his left arm and shouted, “Road to the left!” He hit his 3rd shot in a green bunker and 3 more ghosts.

“It was great to be back on such a historic track, and I thought the setting was great and really showed off a special place that was,” Mickelson said.

In general, Mickelson received a warm reception from spectators.

“The fans here have always been great, and they really support all sports,” Mickelson said. “I love that we bring golf here because they create a really special atmosphere.”

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