US Open 2022: Phil Mickelson faces jeers and ridicule as he struggles in the first round

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Phil Mickelson didn’t have a great first round in US Open Thursday He also seemed to position himself well off the potential cut-off line in the second round.

Mickelson was met with cheers and jeers as he walked the country club course in Brooklyn, Massachusetts. At one point, fans were yelling and betting on Mickelson before he swung. One of the bettors in the NBA shouted“Oh Phil! Horford, over 9.5 rebounds.”

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As he walked down the aisles, more fans shouted, “My fiancĂ© loves you!” Another said, “You are beautiful, Phil.”

United States’ Phil Mickelson gave his thumbs up as he exited 18th place during the first round of the 122nd US Open at The Country Club on June 16, 2022 in Brooklyn, Massachusetts.
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Mickelson has been playing in his first event against other PGA Tour pros since February. He played in the first LIV Golf event last weekend, an appearance that baffled other professional golfers. His comments earlier in the year seemed to ignore human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, which caused so many a backlash that he later apologized.

Lefty has reportedly received a $200 million deal to play in the Saudi-backed league. In Brooklyn, a fan shouted, “Greed is good, Phil!”

Mickelson did not speak to the media after that.

He shot 8 over 78 and finished the round tied for 144th in the field of 156 players.

He finished the round with five bogeys, two double bogeys and one jumper at 11. He’d need a miracle to make the cut and stay through the weekend.

Phil Mickelson runs on the fourth hole during the first round of the US Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Brooklyn, Massachusetts.

Phil Mickelson runs on the fourth hole during the first round of the US Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Brooklyn, Massachusetts.
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bucati)

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The The US Open is the only major Mickelson never won.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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