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Phil Mickelson didn’t have a great first round at the US Open on Thursday as he looked a long way from the potential cut line in the second round.
Mickelson was greeted with cheers and boos as he walked across The Country Club course in Brookline, Massachusetts. At one point, fans were shouting bets at Mickelson before he swung at him. One NBA punter yelled, “Hey Phil! Al Horford, 9.5+ rebounds.”
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As he walked through the streets, more fans yelled, “My fiancée loves you!” Another said: “You’re beautiful Phil.”
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Mickelson was playing in his first event against other PGA Tour professionals since February. He played in the first LIV Golf event last weekend, an appearance that upset other professional golfers. His comments earlier in the year appeared to ignore Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations, prompting a major backlash for which he would later apologize.
“Lefty” was reportedly given a $200 million contract to play in the Saudi-backed league. In Brookline, a fan yelled, “Greed is good, Phil!”
Mickelson did not speak to the media afterwards.
He shot 8-for-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 a birdie on the 11th. He will need a miracle to make the cut and stay until the weekend.
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The US Open is the only major Mickelson has never won.
Associated Press contributed to this report.