Phil Mickelson and LIV Golf as a whole had a horrid showing at the U.S. Open this year, finishing in last place of the 36-hole competition with an 8 under par score on Friday to finish 12 over for their championship round Sunday. How did this happen?
So clearly you were quite disappointed if you were looking for some type of battle between PGA Tour golfers and LIV Golf players at the 2022 U.S. Open.
The USGA let individuals who had previously qualified for the U.S. Open to participate this past week at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, while the PGA Tour suspended those who defected to LIV Golf.
However, none of the 15 competitors—who either participated in the first LIV Golf tournament in London or have declared their intent to do so—ever had a real chance of winning. You know, in actual golf competitions, you have to first make the cut to be in the running, and in the U.S. Open, just four of the 15 competitors accomplished so. Open.
As for Phil Mickelson, who is the face of LIV Golf, his event ended after only a few holes, so he didn’t even come close to reaching the weekend.
At the 2022 U.S. Open, LIV Golf performed horribly.
On June 17, 2022, at The Country Club, during the second round of the 122nd U.S. Open Championship, American Phil Mickelson, a member of LIV Golf, watches on.
One of 13 players at The Country Club who had teed off in London was Mickelson, a six-time runner-up in the U.S. Open. Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed, two players who have previously declared their commitment to compete in Portland, completed the LIV Golf group.
Two LIV Golf players, DeChambeau and Reed, along with Dustin Johnson and Richard Bland, made the cut at Brookline. With a first-round 68, DJ started out towards the top of the leaderboard. However, after a decline, the former No. 1 player in the world ended tied for 24th at 4-over, 10 strokes behind winner Matt Fitzpatrick.
And that was the week’s finest LIV Golf had to give. At 8 over, Bland was tied for 43rd. At 10-over, Reed was tied for 49th. DeChambeau, the winner of the 2020 U.S. Open, tied for 56th place at 13 over par.
The other 11 just weren’t able to make it to The Country Club and left early. Mickelson finished lower than just 16 out of 156 players after rounds of 78 and 73, placing him close to the back of the field at 11-over.
However, it wasn’t even the lowest score achieved by the LIV Golf team. Jinichiro Kozuma of Japan and Jed Morgan of Australia both finished at 16 over par with scores of 76-77.
Here are the results of the 15 LIV Golf competitors in the 2022 U.S. Open.
- T24 (+4) for Dustin Johnson
- T43 (+8) for Richard Bland
- T49 (+10) for Patrick Reed
- T56 (+13) for Bryson DeChambeau
- Garcia, Sergio: MC (+4)
- MC (+4) James Piot
- MC (+5) Talor Gooch
- Kevin Na: +5 MC
- MC (+5) Branden Grace
- MC (+6) Sam Horsfield
- MC (+6) Louis Oosthuizen
- MC (+8) Shaun Norris
- MC (+11) for Phil Mickelson
- MC (+13) for Jinichiro Kozuma
- MC (+16) Jed Morgan
Several other well-known figures associated with the Saudi-sponsored series, like Lee Westwood, Rickie Fowler, and Matthew Wolff, should also be included since they didn’t even make the U.S. Open qualifying cut.
The next LIV Golf competition gets underway on Thursday, June 30 at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon.
Statistics provided by USOpen.com
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Phil Mickelson’s earnings from LIV Golf will more than double those on the PGA Tour over the course of three decades.