Phil Mickelson at the US Open Championship © USGA The six-time major winner Phil Michaelson said that one of
Phil Mickelson at the US Open Championship © USGA
The six-time major winner Phil Michaelson said that one of the reasons why he accepted the proposal to play the LIV Golf Invitational Series is that their events are only 54 holes. This week, however, it is more than possible that he will only play 36 because his return to USA to dispute the US Open It has been a serious reality check.
On his 52nd birthday, the golfer from San Diego suffered a lot in the The Country Clubb, just outside of Boston, to finish with a very hard 78 on his scoreboard. Eight shots above the par of the field that place him in the 144th position of the 154 players participating in the tournament. A result that makes it a pipe dream for him to make the cut.
“I really enjoyed the round. I think it’s a spectacular golf course,” he said. Michaelson after finishing his match, continuing with his low-profile statements with which he has returned home. “I had a major struggle with the putter in the first few holes, just like last week,” he added to explain why he had a poor result.
Yesterday’s was the first competitive round for Michaelson since the court failed in the Farmers Insurance Open at the end of January. He had three bogeys on the first five holes and then struggled on the par-three green of the 6th hole, putting four putts to add a double bogey to his card. And although in the 11th he lived his best moment, with a birdie kicking from three meters, the only one in his round, in the 12th he sent the ball into the rough, he needed two shots to return to the fairway and he committed another double bogey that made it impossible for him to get out. airy.
Except for a miracle, this Friday will end his 31st US Open and his eighth attempt to become the sixth player to win the Grand Slam behind of Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, ben hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen. Phil, who has been second-placed six times in the US Openmore than anyone, it does not seem that he will be able to be in the fight for the title this year either.
And from there, the unknowns about his future begin. After being sanctioned by the PGA Tours after participating in the inaugural event of LIV Golf in London, Michaelson plans to play the OpenChampionship in St Andrews from July 14 to 17. The rest of his agenda only includes the remaining seven events of LIV Golf for which, according to various reports, he receives 200 million dollars in four years in addition to the prizes of each tournament.
Michaelsonwho won 45 events in the PGA Tours Accumulating earnings in sports prizes of 95 million dollars throughout his career, he revealed a few days ago his desire to maintain his lifetime membership of the American circuit. Something that, today, seems complicated to happen… And while waiting for the final decision of the Greats on the players of LIV Golfmaybe he’s living his last US Open. Who knows…