Former golfer Paul Azinger said Sunday that Phil Mickelson likely won’t be able to make the cut for the US Open and contend for his first major championship win.
Mickelson is coming off a poor performance at his first 54-hole LIV golf course at London’s Centurion Golf Club and hasn’t competed with the PGA Tour’s top stars for several months. Not to mention that the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, is one of the toughest courses in the sport.
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“I expect that if Phil misses the cuts, like Friday afternoon or something, it can get tough on him,” Azinger told reporters during a Golf.com media release. “I just think – this is a big move these guys made. They probably changed the game forever. But I agree with him, he’s super popular. … and people don’t forgive. If Phil Mickelson – I’ve always loved Phil Mickelson. He’s always been great to my boys I will always appreciate him for that.”
Mickelson has had a lot of stress for his involvement in LIV Golf, the Saudi-backed league that rivals the PGA Tour Championship, but Azinger said he didn’t think “Lefty” would persevere and win the tournament.
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“I don’t necessarily agree with everything he’s ever done, that’s for sure, but if he gets into a contest, it’ll be a miracle, I really think. But we’ll cover it in fairness, I’ll tell you that,” Azinger added.
Mickelson has never won the US Open. He has a five-year exemption in the championship and will most likely use those opportunities to win the elusive title. He won second place in 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2013.
Over the weekend, Mickelson finished LIV Golf’s first par with finishes of 33rd and 10th.
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No other PGA Tour player has competed in a major since last year. He took a break from the sport after the backlash he received from ignoring human rights violations in Saudi Arabia in an interview about why he chose to play in the controversial league.