Phil Mickelson explains harsh US Open performance: ‘I thought I was more prepared than I was’

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Phil Mickelson missed the US Open cut last Friday as he tried to pursue the only major tournament he has not won in his career.

Mickelson finished towards the bottom of the rankings after the first two rounds. He shot a 151. The intersection line was projected to be 2-over-140. He told Golf Week after Friday’s round that he thought he would do better than he did.

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Phil Mickelson is waiting to hit the 16th hole during the first round of the US Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Brookline, Mass.

Phil Mickelson is waiting to hit the 16th hole during the first round of the US Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Brookline, Mass.
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“I thought I was more prepared than I was. The US Open is the ultimate test. And you do not really know where your game is until you are tested, and I thought I was a little bit closer than I was. was, “he said.

Mickelson said he could put his problems to putting.

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Phil Mickelson of the United States stands on the training ground during the second round of the 122nd US Open Championship at The Country Club on June 17, 2022 in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Phil Mickelson of the United States stands on the training ground during the second round of the 122nd US Open Championship at The Country Club on June 17, 2022 in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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“I was really struggling to putt. I’m struggling with the putter, last week and this week,” he added.

On Thursday, Mickelson finished with a 78. He had five bogeys, two double bogeys and a birdie in the first round. On Friday, he shot a 73, but that was not good enough to push him past the cut line. He finished with two birdies and five bogeys.

Mickelson came after the first LIV Golf event, where he played 54 holes and was 11-over for the tournament in London.

Phil Mickelson sees his tee shot on the fifth hole during a practice round ahead of the US Open golf tournament, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

Phil Mickelson sees his tee shot on the fifth hole during a practice round ahead of the US Open golf tournament, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
(AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

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The next LIV Golf event is set for Portland, Oregon. It will be LIV Golf’s first U.S. tournament, and it will run from June 30 to July 2 at Pumpkin Ridge.

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