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One week after his debut at LIV Golf, Phil Mickelson had a disastrous performance at the US Open and missed the cut.
After shooting an eight-over-78 in the first round on Thursday at the Country Club in Brooklyn, Massachusetts, Lefty followed up with a three-over-73 in the second round on Friday, placing him 11th for the championship and in a tie for 143rd in the conclusion of his tour.
The 52-year-old Mickelson is a six-time major winner who was looking to complete his Grand Slam career, but he didn’t come close and instead missed the fifth US Open of his career.
Mickelson has been off target for most of his 36-hole career in Brooklyn, even hitting a spectator with a faulty shot during the second round:
Big groups tend to follow golfers who do well, but as the following video shows, the spectacle of Mickelson’s poor performance drew a large crowd as well:
Social media reaction to Mickelson’s offer was largely negative with many taking snapshots of his decision to join the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV golf course.
One of the unique concepts introduced by LIV Golf is the lack of cutting during its tournaments, which several Twitter users have indicated is not the case on the PGA Tour:
It’s not fake @unthryear
Has anyone told Mickelson that there is already a championship cut? #USOpen
captain setter @Ramy Egan
Welcome PhilMickelson There is a discount in this tournament!
Others have pointed out that Mickelson chased after money by signing with LIV Golf, as is Reportedly landed A $200 million deal to do the move.
Mickelson has been receiving barbs on social media from those who questioned whether he was worth such a big contract based on the way he’s played lately:
Pernyl Pellegrin @Burnelp
Looks like LIV overpaid this Mickelson guy pic.twitter.com/TBwmarVdQx
house crash @Kraskepit
Crazy, Mickelson is getting paid 200 million, and at the current level I have to give him 3 shots!! #usopengolf
Additional tweets came in regarding his struggles and the fact that he was beaten by most amateurs at the US Open:
Jason Rogers @JasonARogers
Phil Mickelson update pic.twitter.com/F2pfzLvDyo
perfect dead solid @Didsolib
Phil Mickelson leads at +11 over 2 of 15 amateurs on the field in #USOpen أ>
Although there are only 156 players in the US Open, another Twitter user joked that the betting on the top 150 by Mickelson came out on top:
While Mickelson did not join some of his LIV Golf peers to resign from the PGA Tour, the Tour made it clear that LIV Golf players would not be allowed to play in PGA Tour events.
Mickelson can still compete in the majors due to exemptions, but his immediate future in golf will relate primarily to LIV Golf.
Last week, he finished a tie for 33rd in 10th at the LIV Golf event in London after a long absence from competition of any kind.
Mickelson probably still has some solid golf – he became the biggest all-time main winner last year when he won the PGA Championship – but he’s clearly in disarray.