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Phil Mickelson score: Lefty ejects with 8-over 78 in return to American competition at U.S. Open 2022

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The place on the calendar normally reserved for the thought of Phil Mickelson ending his Grand Slam career has been given a new look at The Country Club. Starting the 122nd US Open 8-for-78 on Thursday, the six-time major championship winner leaked into his on-field play from a press conference earlier in the week.

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Having started his day with ghost balls on three of his first five holes, it looked as though the newly minted 52-year-old would be back on track as his par-3 hole move moved to convertible birdie distance. Instead, disaster struck for Mickelson as he ended up scoring four hits from behind the double bogey.

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It was a moment when it seemed like all the noise of the last four months had finally reached him.

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Dejected, Mickelson slowly walked on. Despite his poor performance, he was still able to show some classic positives as well as a few vintage moments.

A cheeky wedge on par 11 led to his only bird of the day, followed by a double wedge on par 12 in which Mickelson almost flew out of the middle of the fairway to save the ghost. It was, as Alan from The Hangover would say, “Vintage Phil.”

It went five straight pairs before the scarecrow at the last lifted Mickelson’s total in the championship to 8. He is now in 146th place and ahead of only six other competitors in Brooklyn, Massachusetts.

Biting remarks about his performance and continuous piling up are inevitable, but in the context of a man in his late 50s with only three competitive rounds under his belt since mid-February, they seem almost unfair.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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