Mickelson "Embarrassed And Disappointed" After US Open Penalty

Mickelson issued a brief statement on his US Open actions via text message to a small number of media

Mickelson "Embarrassed And Disappointed"
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The five-time major winner has revealed that he is embarrassed and disappointed by his episode last week

Mickelson "Embarrassed And Disappointed" After US Open Penalty

Phil Mickelson stole the headlines at Shinnecock Hills last week when he purposely hit a moving ball on the 13th green.

Was it a 'heads-gone' moment, a protest to the USGA or an attempt to gain an advantage like he said?

We'll never fully know but Lefty has now made more comment.

Three days after the tournament's climax, which saw Brooks Koepka successfully defend the trophy, Mickelson issued a brief statement via text to some media.

Golf.com's Alan Shipnuck revealed its contents and they were strong words, with the five-time major winner coming across like he regretted the whole situation.

"I know this should've come sooner, but it's taken me a few days to calm down," Mickelson wrote in the text according to Shipnuck.

"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."

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Mickelson's reputation has suffered from this whole episode, bringing unwanted attention and controversy to himself and the game.

He initially said that he hit the moving ball to gain an advantage and that it is something he has thought about before, so was that true?

Read: Mickelson's comments after hitting moving ball at US Open

Or does his "my anger and frustration got the best of me" imply that it was a spur-of-the-moment thing, which his playing partner Andrew Beef Johnston believed, saying "He didn't mean it. It just happened. End of story."

Only time will tell, but at least we can respect him for his honesty.

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Phil's wife Amy spoke on Sunday to Golf.com whilst her husband was signing autographs, saying that he is "a good man who had a bad moment."

“He’s not perfect — I’m not, you’re not," she continued.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. 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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