Mickelson 'wishes he could take back' US Open incident

Rex Christensen
July 14, 2018

Mickelson addressed the media after the first round of the Scottish Open on Thursday, July 12 on everything from an exact date of his rivalry match with Woods to the upcoming British Open to a misplayed ball that garnered him the spotlight roughly a month ago.

"I made a big mistake and I wish I could take it back, but I can't", said Mickelson, who was also penalised for tapping down some long grass in front of a tee during the Greenbrier Classic last week. "I think it will be one of the best Opens".

"I'm sure it could, and I would expect that the European side would try to set it up in a way that they thought was advantageous to them".

Phil Mickelson opened his links season with an Even-par 70 and then spoke frankly on a range of topics. "I have been a little bit busy".

"Throughout my career of 25 years there has been a lot of times where I have had to be accountable for decisions I did not make and the reason why this has been easier is because it was my own fault. The backlash is my own fault". But I had to let that go.

"It took me days [to calm down]".

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A video of the incident was taken by his wife, Denise Holland of New York University's environmental fluid dynamics laboratory. He said that "the real concern is in Antarctica , where ... the stakes are much higher".

"Not only was I not great on the course - I was not great after the round, either", Mickelson continued.

"It's great to be over here playing on similar ground, feeling how much the wind affects the ball, and just getting acclimatized". So I tend to do dumb stuff on my birthday, too.

"At the time I was pretty angry". The way I show anger is not the traditionally accepted way of throwing clubs and berating the fans and marshals.

The most infamous of what Mickelson called his "cloud" moments came at the US Open at Shinnecock Hills last month.

He further raised eyebrows after the round when he said, "It was meant to take advantage of the rules as best as you can", and, "If somebody's offended by that, I apologize".

Rock added a second round of 63 to his opening 64 at a defenceless Gullane for a halfway total of 13 under par and two-shot lead over compatriot Tyrrell Hatton and Sweden's Jens Dantorp, with Eddie Pepperell and 2015 champion Rickie Fowler another stroke back.

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