History was made at the PGA Championship on Sunday, as 50-year old Phil Mickelsonbecame the oldest golfer to ever win a major. At the end of Sunday's dramatics at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, fans swarmed Mickelson and runner-up Brooks Koepka as they finished up the 18th hole.
Mickelson made sure to mention how appreciative he was of the fan support, but seemed a bit perturbed by just how close some fans got as he walked the course to finish up his round. It was a pretty incredible moment, but one can understand how it could have been nerve-wracking for those participating and running the tournament.
Koepka was clearly not thrilled after getting "dinged" by the rowdy crowd a few times, just months removed from knee surgery. “It would have been cool if I didn’t have a knee injury and got dinged a few times in the knee in that crowd because no one really gave a s–t, personally,” Koepka said after the round Sunday.
Now, PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh has apologized for the lack of crowd control at the tournament on Sunday. While it was a cool scene to cap an incredible golf moment, it is definitely something that could've turned ugly in another situation.
"While we welcome enthusiastic fan engagement, we regret that a moment of high elation and pent-up emotion by spectators on the 18th hole during the conclusion of yesterday's historic PGA Championship briefly overwhelmed security and made two players and their caddies feel vulnerable," Waugh said. "We always put player safety at the top of our list and are grateful that order was restored. I have spoken to both players and apologized on behalf of the Association." It's tricky, because the sea of fans certainly added to the moment, especially on television, but you can't blame Phil Mickelson or Brooks Koepka for wishing the situation was a little less hectic and invasive. [
A statement from PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. pic.twitter.com/nY0IKCgqe3
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