Johnson and Reed among four LIV golfers make US Open

  • The US Open field this year included individuals from the Saudi-funded LIV golf series.
  • None of the LIV players were in preferred form from the three-way cut line.
  • Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed were among those at one on the week.

Johnson and Patrick Reed lead the way as Phil Mickelson went home early, just four of 15 LIV golfers.

They started the current week’s US Open on Friday.

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“I really felt like I played a lot better today than yesterday,” said former world number one Johnson. “I just didn’t hit a lot of good putts. Simply nothing would enter. That’s the difference, really.

The other two LIV golf players to take care of business are US Open 2020 boss Bryson DeChambeau and England’s Richard Bland.

Mickelson all but set his fate after an opening 78 above the norm, but made it official when he returned a 73 on Friday that left him at 11 on the week at the Country Club and near the bottom of the ground.

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“I participated in the week. I wish I had played better,” said Mickelson, a six-time US Open runner-up, who did not converse with reporters, in a record given by the USGA.

Other prominent LIV golfers who missed the cut include 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia, 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen and world number 33 Kevin Na.

Michael C. Ford