Mickelson shot a four-over-par 74 in tough
second-round scoring conditions at a windy Winged Foot that left
him at 13 over on the week and well outside the cut line of the
only major tournament he has never won.
"It's a terrific place to play golf and I'm appreciative of the
opportunity to have been able compete here and I'm disappointed
I didn't play better," said Mickelson.
The 50-year-old Mickelson was in danger of missing this year's
U.S. Open given his place in the world rankings but made it into
the field as the COVID-19 outbreak led to a change in the
Mickelson, who last month won his debut on the PGA Tour's
over-50 circuit, said he had struggled under pressure at the
testing Winged Foot course, where he suffered an infamous
final-hole collapse in the 2006 U.S. Open.
"I've been playing very well at home, and I get out here where
the penalty for a mis-hit is severe, and I find myself getting a
little tight and a little steery, and playing some of my worst
golf," said Mickelson.
"And that's something I've got to work on and fix. When I go
back home, I don't have the stress and I seem to play just fine,
but I've got to be able to bring it out here under these
Mickelson now plans to take a few weeks off and was unsure if
another U.S. Open chance awaits.
"I don't know," Mickelson said when asked if he had given
thought to whether this was his last crack at a U.S. Open title.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Toby Davis)
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