Jordan Spieth On Mickelson Incident: "I Laughed"

The Texan saw the funny side of Mickelson's moving ball debacle and didn't see the harm in it

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The Texan saw the funny side of Mickelson's moving ball debacle and didn't see the harm in it

Jordan Spieth On Mickelson Incident: "I Laughed"

Jordan Spieth missed the cut at the US Open last week and didn't watch Saturday's action at Shinnecock including Phil Mickelson's crazy moving ball moment.

However, he, like the entire sporting world, has now seen it and was speaking on the incident during his pre-tournament press conference at this week's Travelers Championship, where he is defending champion.

The world number five holed out from a bunker to win the Travelers last year in one the best shots of 2017.

Spieth saw the funny side in what Mickelson did on the 13th hole on Saturday.

"I laughed, I thought it was really funny," he said on Mickelson.

"Phil knows the rules.

"There was a chance it was going to go back behind the bunker and he's got to chip back, or he was going to play off the green anyways, so he was potentially saving himself a shot."

Spieth played with Mickelson in the first two rounds at Shinnecock. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Whilst there has been uproar about Mickelson's rules infringement, Spieth doesn't think it is a big issue.

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"So if that was the intent, then what's the harm in that? He's playing the best score he can."

The 2015 champion missed a short putt on the final hole to miss the cut by a stroke to be +9 after two rounds.

Tony Finau and Daniel Berger were +7 after 36 holes and 66s on Saturday morning put them in the final group.

Spieth thinks he could have done something similar.

"When I saw the scores, I was even more frustrated at my finish, because going out early Saturday and you shoot something under par, say three-, four-under, and I would have been in the last couple groups and had a chance to win the US Open," he said.

"That was a bummer for sure."

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. Elliott graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He is obsessed with the game and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey. His handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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