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Phil Mickelson laments poor play

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Friday wasn’t as bad as Thursday at The Country Club for Phil Mickelson, but it also wasn’t good.

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A three-over 73 included two birdies, one more than he posted a day earlier enroute to a 78,

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but more struggles on the greens did little to turn the story of his week at the U.S. Open into anything close to inspiring.

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“I thought I was more prepared than I was,” Mickelson told Golfweek in the player parking lot as he prepared to leave the course on Friday.

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“The U.S. Open is the ultimate test. And you don’t really know where your game is until you get tested, and I thought I was little bit closer than I was.”

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Of 78 players who finished in the morning on Friday, Mickelson beat just eight with his 11-over total, two of them amateurs.

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There was no facet that seemed to be clicking, no matter how many thumbs up he flashed to a mostly positive crowd after playing in just his second event since a four-month break from the game.

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“I really struggled with putting,” said Mickelson, who will miss the cut for the fifth time in 31 U.S. Open starts. “I’m struggling with the putter, last week and this week”

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