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Mickelson will still have to wait for a U.S. Open title

If Phil Mickelson still wants to add the US Open to his list of won tournaments, he’ll have to wait another year.

After two catastrophic rounds, during which he respectively gave cards of 78 (+8) and 73 (+3), the 52-year-old athlete left Brookline, Massachusetts, prematurely on Friday.

It’s 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 rounds in this competition, he who was at +13 in 2020.

It wasn’t Mickelson’s lackluster performance that caught Brookline’s attention this week, however, but rather his choice to leave the golfing world for a few months to take care of himself before announcing his return to the LIV circuit, financed by a Saudi fund. Knowing what his future holds for him, only Mickelson knows, he who will certainly have to participate in the United States Open for the 32nd time if he wishes to win it, in 2023.

Morikawa and Dahmen in the lead

It wasn’t just the one nicknamed “Lefty” on the court in Round 2. Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen took the opportunity to climb to the top, respectively with rounds of 66 (-4) and 68 (-2).

The two men thus share the first rank, with a cumulative of 135 (-5). They will have to look behind them on the third day of activities, since five golfers are only one stroke behind.

Canadian Adam Hadwin, leader after 18 holes, had more difficulty in the second round. He hit the ball 72 (+2) times. Despite everything, he is tied for 13th position, three shots 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), he climbed 26 steps and is tied for 31st place, 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 the Maple Leaf who have been victims of the ax.

Maude-Aimée Leblanc narrowly qualifies

Maude-Aimée Leblanc came close to disaster on Friday in Belmont, Michigan, but she stopped her slide in time during the second round of the Meijer Classic to qualify for the weekend rounds.

The Quebecer had however started her round well. By virtue of a first-round 70 (-2) and three birdies on the front nine of her second, she was five under par.

Leblanc couldn’t do better than a double bogey on the 10th hole, however, before committing two straight bogeys at the 13th and 14th flags, which theoretically put her one stroke under the cut, established at two strikes under par. . She finally nailed a timely birdie on the 18th green to continue the competition.

Alena Sharp, another Canadian, experienced a similar scenario. The 41-year-old flirted with par for the vast majority of the day, including 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 posted the best result after 36 holes among the Canadians. The 24-year-old athlete posted a second card of 66 (-6), which gives her a score of 134 (-10) good for a tie for fourth place with American Lexi Thompson and Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom.

American Jennifer Kupcho will start the third round at the top, due to a cumulative of 130 (-14).

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