While the reaction to his intentional rules violation Saturday in the third round of the U.S. Open has continued to swirl, Phil Mickelson issued a short statement Wednesday expressing his remorse for his actions at Shinnecock Hills.
“I know this should’ve come sooner, but it’s taken me a few days to calm down,” Mickelson wrote. “My anger and frustration got the best of me last weekend. I’m embarrassed and disappointed by my actions. It was clearly not my finest moment and I’m sorry.”
The statement should help close the ongoing issue that disrupted the U.S. Open and became a focal point during the weekend, distracting from Brooks Koepka’s victory.
Mickelson chased down a rolling putt on the 13th green and hit it back toward the hole, incurring a two-stroke penalty that led to a 10 on the hole. (Watch video of incident in latest issue)
Afterward, he insisted he was taking advantage of the rules though it was seen widely as a gesture directed at the USGA and its course setup.
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On Sunday, Mickelson declined to comment to the media, though his wife Amy said he was sorry about the incident. He had called USGA chief executive officer Mike Davis on Saturday to ask if he would he be disqualified or if he should withdraw. Davis said the two-stroke penalty was the appropriate action.