'Embarrassed and disappointed' Mickelson apologizes for U.S. Open rules violation

Jun 21, 2018, 19:17
'Embarrassed and disappointed' Mickelson apologizes for U.S. Open rules violation

"So it's just, it's us applying the rules".

"I think it is a shame that the main focus hasn't been Brooks Koepka winning back-to-back titles, from what I've seen or heard", Spieth said. It's a risk. I could have maybe hit a shot and somehow made the putt. He finished the day 11-over and plus-17 for the three rounds. Each player could play and study the course as long as they felt necessary to prepare for the tournament. From Phil, it was a savvy move of a vet who knew that the two shots wouldn't change a thing for him. They will be mindful that Arnold Palmer set a record US Open final-round comeback of seven shots when he won in 1960.

Mickelson capped his 27th US Open with a one-under par 69 that included a par on the 13th - where he raised his arms in celebration.

Again, he took a 10 on the hole - the highest score for any hole in the U.S. Open - and he was 21 shots behind the leaders at that time.

Mickelson had caused a stir at the tournament after his blatant rules violation, hitting a still-moving ball that was in the process of rolling off the green. I tried to hit it as close as I could on the next one, and you take the two shots and move on'. Ultimately, a serious breach of the rule, which allows a golfer to gain an advantage from breaking the rules, results in disqualification.

"Phil didn't purposely deflect or stop the ball".

Think about it. One of the greatest players in the world literally running after a putt moving down a hill and swinging his putter like a miniature hockey stick to knock it back toward the hole.

Because Mickelson had said he'd intentionally violated the rule, disqualifying him would mean very explicitly calling him a cheater on the organization's biggest stage.

Asked if people would find his actions on No. 13 disrespectful, Mickelson said Saturday: "It's meant to take advantage of the rules as best as you can". He has yet to win the U.S. Open, which he was playing this past weekend.

Phil Mickelson came into the week hoping to enter the USGA's record books.

Mickelson's playing partner Andrew Johnston, who also struggled, told BBC Radio 5 Live: "His body acted quicker than his brain. It was clearly not my finest moment and I'm sorry". He wasn't doing it in a bad way or to try and get disqualified. Johnson has bogied five out of the nine holes he's played so far today. It just got to him.

The USGA then promised to water the course overnight and ensure more playable conditions on Sunday. "We are confident we can slow the golf course down going into Sunday".

According to his wife, via Alan Bastable of Golf.com, Mickelson called USGA executive director Mike Davis on Saturday evening and offered to withdraw.

However, Masters champion Patrick Reed saw no issues. "If you don't laugh, you'll end up going insane".

Phil Mickelson has apologised for his rules breach at the US Open revealing he is "embarrassed" by his actions at Shinnecock Hills.

Mickelson may one day join that group, but "putt-gate" won't help his reputation.