Phil Mickelson’s first PGA Championship without longtime caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay at his side did not go as planned.
Mickelson, who’s had his brother Tim on the bag since he and Mackay parted ways in June, started off with a birdie-less 79 in Round 1 at Quail Hollow, and things didn’t get much better Friday. He birdied two of the last three holes just to shoot a three-over 74. He finished 11 over and missed the PGA cut for just the second time in his career. He last missed it in 1995. It’s also the second straight major where Mickelson has missed the cut.
But Lefty wasn’t the only star who struggled at Quail Hollow this week. Justin Rose (six over), Bubba Watson (seven over), Masters champ Sergio Garcia (eight over) and defending champion Jimmy Walker (eight over) also missed the cut of five over.
Mickelson’s performance was particularly disheartening given the pre-tournament hype celebrating the 2017 PGA Championship as his 100th start in a major. (It’s also Ernie Els’s.) Better luck next time, Lefty.