Mickelson is out of competition at the US Open in the first major since the debut of LIV Golf

After suffering a the beginning of a nightmare at The Country Club on Thursday – eight over 78, breaking Mickelson’s 52nd birthday – the six-time big winner improved in the second round on Friday to bring three over 73.
However, with only the top 60 players and draws advancing by the weekend, Mickelson’s 11-point face-off meant his quest for an elusive victory at the US Open – the only major victory he has yet to win – continues. His fifth time failing to cut the event equals his fifth-highest career-high score after two rounds of major, according to ESPN statistics and information.
The American’s trip to Brooklyn was the first in his home country since January, after a four-month break in the sport, which ended with his appearance as the headliner of LIV Golf Series’ debut event in London last week.

Supported by the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) and a promise to award huge sums of prizes, the breakaway tour has sparked huge controversy as it threatens to disrupt the traditional format of golf.

Mickelson was one of several golfers stopped from the PGA Tour to participate in the rival league and is facing a number of awkward press conferences regarding his participation.
Mickelson plays an approaching shot at the ninth hole.

However, applause for the 52-year-old continued during his two rounds at The Country Club, with Mickelson quickly praising Boston’s atmosphere.

“The fans here have always been great,” Mickelson told reporters. “They really support all sports.

“I love when we bring golf here because it creates a really special atmosphere.”

“I missed competing, but I also enjoyed being away for a while,” he added.

“I wish I had played better”

After an exciting start to the first round, with three bogies and a double backgammon, leaving him with five over six holes, Mickelson started significantly better on Friday. Consecutive birds on the fifth and sixth helped him bounce off one floor at the same stage.

His improvement was slowed down when his third-shot foul hit a spectator, with Mickelson taking care of the fan and giving him his golf glove before making money.

Mickelson takes care of a fan hit by his ball on the third hole.

Three taps in the back nine reduced Mickelson’s score, but the consolation of improving five shots from the previous round meant he could think of a “good day.”

“I enjoyed the week. I wish I had played better, “said Mickelson.

CNN’s Kevin Dotson contributed to the report.

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