Phil Mickelson made some unfortunate headlines at the U.S. Open over the weekend when he frustratedly putted a moving ball. This move sparked outrage from a lot of the golfing community, with some saying that he should withdraw from the tournament.
The course at Shinnecock in Southampton, New York was criticized by several players, including Mickelson. He appeared to hit the moving ball out of frustration.
This is what happened, for those who missed it:
Mickelson has since apologized for what he did. He sent a text message to reporters this morning, apologizing.
"I know this should've come sooner, but it's taken me a few days to calm down," Mickelson wrote in the text message. "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."
Mickelson's wife told reporters that her husband did consider withdrawing, too.
Amy Mickelson, dressed in solid black like her husband, stood off the side of the pro shop porch. For as long as they’ve been in this together, Saturday night at the U.S. Open was like nothing they’d experienced before. Phil knew the rule, Amy said, but when he got home and heard all the talk about disqualification, he picked up the phone during the afternoon telecast. “When he heard that he called Mike Davis and said ‘If I’ve done something that crosses the line that much, then I need to withdraw immediately,’ ” Amy said. Davis assured Phil that he was well within the rules. He closed with a 1-under 69 on a much more receptive Shinnecock Hills. “You know it’s not his finest moment,” said Amy, “but hopefully he’ll learn from it. Like anybody, good people make mistakes. We all have a moment in life sometimes and that was kind of a moment I think for him.”
Here's Mickelson's full text message: