If Phil Mickelson still wants to add the US Open to his list of tournament wins, he will have to wait another year.
After two catastrophic rounds, during which he turned in cards of 78 (+8) and 73 (+3) respectively, the 52-year-old left Brookline, Massachusetts, prematurely on Friday.
It is only the fifth time in his career that the American has missed the cut at this event, the only major tournament missing from his record. It is also his second worst overall (+11) after two days in this competition, he who was +13 in 2020.
However, it wasn’t Mickelson’s lackluster performance that caught Brookline’s attention this week, but his choice to leave the golfing world for a few months to take care of himself before announcing his fund-funded return to LIV. saudi Knowing what the future holds, only Mickelson knows, who will surely have to participate for the 32nd time at the US Open if he wants to win it, in 2023.
Morikawa and Dahmen in the lead
It wasn’t just the nicknamed “Lefty” on the court in Round 2. Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen took advantage to rise to the top, respectively with rounds of 66(-4) and 68(-2).
The two men thus share first place, with a cumulative score of 135 (-5). They’ll have to look back on the third day of activities, as five golfers are just one shot away.
Canadian Adam Hadwin, leader after 18 holes, had more difficulties in the second round. He hit the ball 72 (+2) times. Despite everything, he is tied for 13th position, three strokes behind the leaders.
Mackenzie Hughes is the only other Maple Leaf representative to qualify for the weekend rounds. By virtue of a round of 69 (-1), she climbed 26 steps and is tied for 31st, with a score of 141 (+1).
Corey Conners (144; +4), Nick Taylor and Ben Silverman (145; +5), as well as Roger Sloan (146; +6) are the members of Maple Leaf who have fallen victim to the axe.
Maude-Aimée Leblanc narrowly qualifies
Maude-Aimée Leblanc came close to disaster on Friday in Belmont, Michigan, but stopped her slide in time during the second round of the Meijer Classic to qualify for the weekend’s rounds.
However, the Quebecois had started her round well. By virtue of a 70 (-2) in the first round and three birdies in the first nine of his second, he was five under par.
However, Leblanc could do no better than a double bogey on the 10th hole, before making two bogeys in a row at flags 13 and 14, which theoretically put her one stroke short of the cut, set two strikes short. of the pair She finally made a timely birdie on the 18th green to continue the contest.
Alena Sharp, another Canadian, experienced a similar scenario. The 41-year-old flirted with par for most of the day, even after her bogey on the 16th hole. However, she managed two consecutive birdies to complete her round and post the same score of 142(-2) as Leblanc.
However, it was Brooke M. Henderson who had the best finish after 36 holes among the Canadians. The 24-year-old athlete posted a second card of 66 (-6), giving her a good 134 (-10) score to tie for fourth with American Lexi Thompson and Swedish Madelene Sagstrom.
American Jennifer Kupcho will start the third round at the top, due to a cumulative score of 130 (-14).