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Media Members Upset With Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy

Phil Mickelson looking at his shot as it flies through the air.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 08: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays a shot during practice rounds prior to THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 8, 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The 2018 U.S. Open kicked off from Long Island, NY., this morning. Some of the tournament's biggest names took the course in the early hours for the second major of the year.

Among the first golfers to tee it up at Shinnecock Hills were Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson. Despite their success over the years, neither of the two could get anything going.

After 18 holes, McIlroy found himself with a 10-over 80 and Mickelson carded a 7-over 77. Neither golfer was happy with their scores.

Apparently, they let it show too much. After their rounds, both players reportedly skipped media availability.

To clarify, neither player owes anything to the media, so they don't need to stop and give their thoughts on their first round performance. However, with their place at the top of the sport, it's important to connect with fans and viewers at home.

Mickelson and McIlroy will need a big Friday performance to make the cut. They weren't the only players to struggle - there are currently 14 players at 10-over or worse.