Phil Mickelson apologizes 4 days after violating golf rules at US Open

Ruben Hill
June 22, 2018

Originally, Mickelson said that he'd thought before about putting a moving ball that was going off the green and just taking the two-stroke penalty.

"He just wasn't up to the task that day and he lost his head and walked up around and hit the ball while it was still on the move". "He's playing the best score he can". It's my understanding of the rules. "Just say, 'Listen, I can't believe I just did that.' It's a pretty heavy penalty, and he doesn't need to be crucified on top of that". "I felt there was a massive overreaction to it". I don't mean it [to be] disrespectful.

"He's not flawless - I'm not, you're not. It was clearly not my finest moment and I'm sorry". It's certainly not meant that way. I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display.

"No question it was going to go down into the same spot behind the bunker".

"Honestly, I laughed", Rory McIlroy said Tuesday of his reaction upon learning of Mickelson's putt. "I think it would've went away". He spoke with USGA officials after the round to discuss whether he should indeed play Sunday's final round. "He made a stroke at a moving ball, which is explicitly covered under 14-5".

After enduring a rough stretch of holes midway through his third round, Mickelson carded a 10 at the 13th hole.

Westwood, who didn't make the field for the US Open, was adamant Mickelson should have been disqualified. After his round Saturday - his 48th birthday - Mickelson said it was a deliberate act "to take advantage of the rules" and told his critics to "toughen up".

The five-time major champion let his frustrations gets the best of him on the 13th hole.

Phil Mickelson has apologized for his outburst at the U.S. Open that saw him take a two-stroke penalty for a blatant violation of the rules.

In one of his tweets, Mickelson said: Here's a scenario. "To hit a ball on goal, when it's still moving, is unacceptable".

On the European Tour, US Open runner-up Tommy Fleetwood is the star attraction in the BMW International Open where Paul McBride is the only Irish player in action at Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof. I'm sure he realizes it. "In the end, the only person he hurts is himself".

Mickelson closed with a round of 69 in more favorable scoring conditions Sunday to finish 15 shots behind Koepka.

This article has been updated.

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