Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Phil Mickelson finally apologizes for U.S. Open meltdown

Phil Mickelson finally apologizes for U.S. Open meltdown

With the greens notoriously fast that weekend, it appeared that Mickelson's putt would roll all the way off the green, but rather than let that happen, Lefty ran over to his still-moving ball and putted it again back towards the hole.

Spieth did acknowledge, though, he did not play his best golf during the U.S. Open.

After reflecting on the controversial moment, Mickelson issued an apology on Wednesday, and said he was embarrassed by his actions.

"I thought if he had just held his hands up and said, 'Hey, I messed up, ' it was just a insane moment of insanity. I just finally did".

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"He's not ideal - I'm not, you're not". "I'm sorry that you're taking it that way, it's certainly not meant that way". It's certainly not meant that way.

"No question it was going to go down into the same spot behind the bunker".

Amid the calls for his removal from the tournament, Mickelson on Saturday did meet with USGA officials to discuss whether he should withdraw. "Knowing Phil, he knew what he was doing, and as a player who has been in that head space before in a tournament, I can see it happening". "I think it would've went away". The decision incurred a two-stroke penalty - and the wrath of golf purists. "He played a moving ball".

Spieth saw the amusing side in what Mickelson did on the 13th hole on Saturday. Many thought he should have been disqualified under Rule 1-2, and many felt Mickelson ruined the spirit of the game by willfully breaking a rule out of frustration.

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'My anger and frustration got the best of me last weekend.

Mickelson was penalized two shots for his actions during his third-round 81 at the U.S. Open. "To hit a ball on goal, when it's still moving, is unacceptable".

But this was the U.S. Open. I'm sure he realizes it. "In the end, the only person he hurts is himself". Seventeen players were within five strokes of the lead - making for a great afternoon of golf on Sunday, Father's Day.

He finished in a tie for 48th place, 15 shots behind compatriot Brooks Koepka, who defended his title.

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