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Phil Mickelson was distracted by a spectator’s cellphone on a number of events throughout an opening-round 75 on the US Open, leaving him eight off the tempo as he appears to finish the profession Grand Slam at Torrey Pines.

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Phil Mickelson is on the lookout for an elusive maiden US Open victory

Phil Mickelson’s hopes of finishing the profession Grand Slam suffered a serious setback after a disappointing begin to his US Open bid at Torrey Pines.

Mickelson, a six-time runner-up on the US Open, arrived in California off the again of final month’s shock victory on the PGA Championship and trying to develop into solely the sixth participant in historical past to win all 4 majors.

The 51-year-old solely registered one birdie throughout his opening spherical as he struggled to a four-over 75, leaving him eight strokes behind early pacesetter Russell Henley, the place Mickelson was left pissed off by quite a few distractions from spectators’ cell phones.

Phil Mickelson was playing alongside Max Homa and Xander Schauffele on Thursday

Phil Mickelson was enjoying alongside Max Homa and Xander Schauffele on Thursday

“It is a part of skilled golf. You need to study to take care of it,” Mickelson mentioned. “I do not perceive why you simply cannot flip that little button on the facet into silent.

“I in all probability did not take care of it internally in addition to I may have or in addition to I have to. It is a part of enjoying the sport out right here at this stage. Actually I did not do the most effective job of coping with it.

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“It is the video ding. They only stored going off. Look, it did it the subsequent three or 4 photographs thereafter, too, so it isn’t like that is the primary time, it is simply that you just needed to ask thrice. You have got to have the ability to let that go and never let it get to you and be capable to form of compose your self and regather your ideas and so forth, however they actually did not do me any favours.”

Mickelson bogeyed the tenth – his opening gap of the day – and was disrupted by a cellphone “dinging” a number of occasions as he ready for his second shot on the par-five thirteenth.

The six-time main champion finally bogeyed the opening after sending his strategy right into a bush, having to take a penalty drop, after which seeing his fourth shot ricochet off the pin again off the inexperienced.

Phil Mickelson is looking for an elusive maiden US Open victory

Phil Mickelson is on the lookout for an elusive maiden US Open victory

Mickelson dropped a shot on the fifteenth and adopted a birdie on the seventeenth with a three-putt par on the par-five subsequent, with two additional bogeys after the flip dropping him additional down the leaderboard.

“It was an amazing setup and I had some possibilities to get the spherical just a little bit higher,” Mickelson mentioned. “Fought onerous, made a variety of quick putts to form of hold myself in it after which I ended up bogeying six and 7.

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“Two over would have been a fairly good spherical and I ended up at 4 (over), so I am just a little dissatisfied about that. I really feel like I am shut and I am shut to assembling a superb spherical.”

Mickelson is joined eight off the tempo by 2020 PGA champion Collin Morikawa, who combined an eagle and two birdies with six bogeys and a double-bogey throughout an eventful opening spherical.

Morikawa was in the same group as Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka

Morikawa was in the identical group as Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka

“Not the beginning I wished, bogeying each par-3, and I believe I had like three three-putts right now,” Morikawa admitted. “It is not acceptable. It is not how you retain your self in a event on a Thursday.

“You realize what, this course goes to play powerful, and I’ve nonetheless go a minimum of tomorrow to simply grind it out and see the way it goes. Had some stretches of respectable golf, I’ve simply obtained to maintain doing that and actually not compound the errors.”

Watch the 121st US Open all through the week stay on Sky Sports activities. Reside protection continues on Friday from 3.30pm on Sky Sports activities Golf and 6pm on Sky Sports activities Major Occasion.



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