Phil Mickelson's chances of playing at the Country Club this weekend were dashed as he comfortably missed

the halfway cut at the 122nd US Open. Mickelson's first competitive outing since February came at the inaugural

LIV Golf Invitational Series event, where he finished outside the top 30, and he finished outside the top 30. The

American, who was paid $200 million to join the Saudi-backed breakaway circuit, continued his poor form in Boston

shooting a second-round 73 to finish 11 over par. Mickelson told a group of American media reporters, "I

appreciated being back out there. The US Open is the ultimate test, and you won't know where you stand until you've been

put to the test. I felt I was a little closer than I was, but putting was a big struggle for me. I imagined I'd be better

prepared than I actually was. After making controversial remarks regarding LIV Golf and the PGA Tour

Mickelson took a four-month hiatus from the sport. His next competitive participation will be in the

Saudi-funded tour's second event, which will be held at Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon at the end of June. The 52-year-old

will then travel to St Andrews for the Open Championship's 150th edition.  I'm pretty fired up about getting back to work

He went on to say. I believe I'm playing better than I'm scoring, and I'm excited to work on that. Mickelson was