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.
Phil Mickelson – champion of the people, American darling – does he stop for media duties after a 77? No chance. Tiger Woods almost unfailingly would.
— Ewan Murray (@mrewanmurray) June 14, 2018
Both Mickelson & McIlroy blew off the media after their rounds. Spieth chatted with a group of us while on his way to player dining. Phil did stop to talk with some potential design clients. Rory vanished so quick he may have apparated like a wizard outside the walls of Hogwarts.
— Kevin Van Valkenburg (@KVanValkenburg) June 14, 2018
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.