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.
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.
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.