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Phil Mickelson torn by Missing Cut at US Open 2022 after LIV Golf involvement | Bleacher Report

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A week after making his LIV Golf debut, Phil Mickelson had a disastrous showing at the US Open and missed the cut.

After shooting an eight-over-78 in Thursday’s first round at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, Lefty followed up with a three-over-73 in Friday’s second round, leaving him with 11 more for the tournament and tied for 143rd in the conclusion of your round.

The 52-year-old Mickelson has won six major tournaments and was looking to complete his career Grand Slam but didn’t come close, missing his fifth career US Open cut instead.

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Mickelson was off target for much of his 36-hole career at Brookline, even hitting a spectator with a missed shot during the second round:

Julio Cortes @JulioCortez_AP

A fan reacts after being hit by Phil Mickelson’s ball on the third hole during the second round of the US Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Friday, June 17, 2022, in Brookline, Massachusetts. #PhilMickelson #USOpen2022 pic.twitter.com/tlu6yGNoCt

Large groups tend to follow golfers who perform well, but as seen in the video below, the spectacle of Mickelson’s poor performance also drew a large crowd:

Social media reaction to Mickelson’s introduction was largely negative, with many criticizing his decision to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf circuit.

One of the unique concepts introduced by LIV Golf is the absence of a cutoff during their tournaments, which several Twitter users pointed out is not the case on the PGA Tour:

Others mentioned that Mickelson was chasing the money by signing with LIV Golf, since supposedly landed a $200 million deal to make the move.

Mickelson was on the receiving end of criticism on social media from those wondering if he deserved such a big contract based on how he’s been playing lately:

Pernell Pellegrin @pernellp

Looks like LIV may have overpaid for this Mickelson guy. pic.twitter.com/TBwmarVdQx

Additional tweets came in regarding his struggles and the fact that he was beaten by most of the fans on the US Open field:

Although there were only 156 players on the field at the US Open, another Twitter user joked that betting on a Mickelson top-150 finish came down in the end:

While Mickelson did not join some of his LIV Golf teammates in resigning from the PGA Tour, the tour made it clear that LIV Golf players will not be allowed to play in PGA Tour events.

Mickelson can still compete in majors due to waivers, but his immediate future in golf will primarily relate to LIV Golf.

Last week, he finished tied for 33rd-10th at the LIV Golf event in London after a long break from competition of any kind.

Mickelson likely still has some solid golf left — he became the oldest major winner last year when he won the PGA Championship — but he’s clearly depressed.

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