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LIV Golf: Phil Mickelson embraces the latest change by wearing SHORTS in Boston

Phil Mickelson echoes LIV Golf’s recent change by wearing SHORTS in Boston – as $100m newcomer to the Saudi-backed series Cam Smith falls five shots behind leader Talor Gooch before the final round

  • LIV Golf announced that its stars could wear shorts to their tournaments starting Saturday
  • The controversial Saudi-backed series continues to rock golf
  • Phil Mickelson opted for shorts as he hit a 68 on day two of the Boston event
  • LIV’s big-money signing Cameron Smith slowed the pace going into the final day

Phil Mickelson wasted no time in keeping up with the latest LIV Golf change as he wore shorts on day two of the tournament in Boston.

The controversial Saudi-backed series continued to rock the sport with breakaway league CEO Greg Norman announcing players could wear shorts during tournament rounds starting Saturday.

According to Norman, LIV is the first golf tour or league to allow men to wear anything other than standard golf pants. LIV players previously had the OK to wear shorts during practice rounds and Pro-Am competition.

The issue has been discussed among PGA Tour officials for the past several years with no changes to the tournament’s dress code.

Mickelson ended his streak of nine straight rounds at LIV Golf – and 13 overall, including the US Open and British Open – without breaking 70. He shot a 68 and was way down the rankings at 41st.

Meanwhile, LIV’s big-money signing Cameron Smith slowed the pace. After a sizzling opening round of 64, Smith scored a one-under-69 finish after a $100 million deal in his first event of the LIV Golf Series to take eighth place.

Phil Mickelson wore shorts at LIV Golf in Boston on Saturday after Greg Norman allowed the move

Phil Mickelson wore shorts at LIV Golf in Boston on Saturday after Greg Norman allowed the move

The British Open champion had an eagle on the par 5 final hole for the second straight day, but that only kept him in play.

The Queenslander is five shots down on Talor Gooch heading into Sunday’s third and final round after the American had five-under 65 in a low-scoring day. Gooch is one shot ahead of newcomer Joaquin Niemann.

Gooch was among the first players to sign up with the Saudi Arabia-funded league, finishing in the top 10 in all three series.

According to Norman, LIV is the first golf tour that allows men to wear something other than standard golf pants

According to Norman, LIV is the first golf tour that allows men to wear something other than standard golf pants

LIV Golf's $100 million recruit Cameron Smith lost pace on the day of the event in Boston

LIV Golf’s $100 million recruit Cameron Smith lost pace on the day of the event in Boston

He is 12-under and will play the third and final round with Niemann and Dustin Johnson (63), who is at 10-under and has also finished in the top 10 in all three LIV golf events.

“I’ve played solid, I feel like every week,” said Johnson, whose last win was the Saudi International in February 2021.

“Every lap I felt like I was doing the right things. Eventually everything will come together.

“The game is definitely in good shape and I like the direction it’s going.”

The most improved award goes to Sihwan Kim. He opened with an 87, including a 10 on the 16th hole, but Saturday was a different story. Kim was better at 63 24 to keep up with the day’s low round but is still last in the 48-man field.

Niemann, the 23-year-old Chilean, signed with LIV Golf this week after completing the tour championship in Atlanta. He will look to join Henrik Stenson (New Jersey) and Charl Schwartzel (London) as players winning their first LIV event.

Marc Leishman (64) sits 14th with six under, while fellow countryman Matt Jones (67) is four under, Jed Morgan (70) is one over and Wade Ormsby (72) is four over the chart.

The Queenslander is five shots clear of Talor Gooch in Sunday's third and final round

The Queenslander is five shots clear of Talor Gooch in Sunday’s third and final round

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