Yesterday, when Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen, and Shane Lowry wandered towards the second shot at the opening hole of a country club, an unintentional comedy moment came.
“Hey Louis,” yelled Bostonian. “I did a great job with last week’s victory.”
It was Charl Schwartzel who won the opening LIV golf event at the Centurion Club. It may be easy to confuse South African golfers, but neither Schwartzel nor Oosthuizen are very profiled. This proved a subtle nod to the general or intentional ignorance of the LIV scene. It’s happening somewhere in Ether, but the paying masses aren’t engaged in any further details.
At the time of the false gallery scream-this group first played 9-Mickelson was 11 over par at the 122nd US Open. Only 13 months after winning a brilliant victory at the PGA Championship and capturing his heart and soul, Mickelson has become non-competitive. He is destined to never win his national open, which is otherwise a striking gap in his iconic career. It’s also dirty now.
Mickelson’s situation goes far beyond what is in his trophy cabinet. He was almost pitiful when he embarked on such an incredible act of self-destruction and stepped into the finish line of the second round. He reached that point after shooting 73 with an error for a total of 11 overs. This marked Mickelson’s third miscut in his last six US Open appearances. He also broke the audience’s head on his third tee shot. It rather summarized his selfish play.
The feeling that Mickelson, a poster boy on an ongoing golf destruction model in Saudi Arabia, is being slaughtered at Brookline has proved unfounded. “Gogetem Phil” and “You’re the man Phil” were the usual screams. Still, it was all pretty calm, as if the people behind the rope didn’t know exactly how to construct their attitude towards the age of 52.
Most of this crowd may think that Mickelson is suffering enough after a series of weeks after being investigated for Saudi human rights abuses and his thoughts on 9/11. Perhaps the majority of the US Open audience (men of a certain age) have encountered gambling issues and sympathize with Mickelson’s admission. However, there is a striking difference between the reception given to Mickelson at Brookline and the fawn praise he once encountered at every step. For the six big winners who were once the great manipulators of public opinion, things will never be the same again. He looked like 36 holes with no joy.
Mickelson, exiled from the PGA Tour, appears to have a diminished personality. There is sadness behind the sunglasses. He’s not glorified in front of the media, but the $ 200 million question is whether Mickelson regrets entering into negotiations with Saudi Arabia. PGA Tour. Maybe he doesn’t care. His attitude and loss of sponsors suggest that this is not the case.
When Mickelson struggled, the world’s No. 1 Scottie Scheffler attacked the field with 67 favors. Chefler, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm and others are firmly seated on the PGA Tour camp against the LIV threat. As long as that is the case, LIV will not occupy an outstanding position in sports, but will stay in the background for a long time.
LIV, led by Greg Norman, will announce more player commitments on Monday. Next week we will also see the DP World Tour confirm their position on the threats that exist. Wise money will increase the alliance between Wentworth and the people on the PGA Tour.
Mickelson will then appear when the LIV Circus (54 holes, uncut, guaranteed dollars) hits Oregon at the end of the month. By then, he wants to solve the obvious putting problem. Beyond that, he somehow needs to reconcile with himself. With all the evidence available at Brookline, he has a long way to go to reach that position.