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Phil Mickelson’s first round at US Open was a total disaster

Phil Mickelson’s miraculous tie for second place at last year’s Masters seems like a distant memory.

The 53-year-old LIV golf star had a disastrous performance in the opening round of the 2024 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday, shooting a nine-over 79 and tying for last place among players who tee off in the morning.

Mickelson began the day with four consecutive bogeys on the first four holes, all par-4s.

Phil Mickelson hits from a bunker on the ninth hole during the first round of the 2024 U.S. Open on Thursday. AP
Phil Mickelson reacted during the first round of the 2024 U.S. Open on Thursday. Getty Images

He finished with nine bogeys and didn’t shoot below par on any hole.

Mickelson entered the turn at six over par and had three consecutive bogeys on the 11th through 13th holes.

The left-hander made par on each of his final five holes.

Since shooting a 65 in the final round of the 2023 Masters, he is tied for 43rd in major championships and is projected to miss the cut in four of his past five major starts.

Mickelson’s last major victory was the 2021 PGA Championship.

Phil Mickelson hit from his hometown hole, the 12th, on Thursday in the first round of the 2024 U.S. Open. AP

Mickelson has six major wins to his name, but none of them have come at the U.S. Open, and he is on track to miss the cut at the U.S. Open for the third consecutive year.

The last time the U.S. Open was held at Pinehurst in 2014, Mickelson finished tied for 28th.