Phil Mickelson 'had a rough month' after US Open debacle

Rex Christensen
July 14, 2018

'I know there has been a backlash and it's my own fault. I hope this was the iffy one.

Self-deprecating and repeatedly apologetic, Mickelson reiterated that he's "had a rough month" and that he's sorry for mistakes he's made.

Phil Mickelson expressed his disappointment after missing the cut and admitted he has some work to do to get himself in form for The Open.

The 48-year-old overhit a putt at the 13th hole at Shinnecock Hills, and upon realising it would roll of the green, ran after his ball and hit it back in the opposite direction.

Mickelson calls these his "cloud" moments and made clear he is not proud of them.

"Not trying to dodge anybody these first few days". It's not the first time I've done something dumb.

Phil Mickelson was in full charm offensive mode at the Scottish Open on Thursday as he talked at length for the first time about the "worst moment in a 25-year career".

He freely opined on a host of other topics.

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"No (update as of now), but hopefully in the next week or two".

Mickelson also revealed that his potential $10m (£7.5m) shootout with Tiger Woods is "close to having some stuff finalised", but that he and Woods would not be putting up the money themselves.

But the very next week, after pundits and fellow players had opined that he should have been disqualified, Mickelson sent a select group of U.S. journalists a short text message, saying "I'm sorry" and that he was "embarrassed and disappointed by my actions". It was not a great day. "I do a lot of dumb stuff". I was pretty angry.

For the first time in his career Rock did not drop a shot in the opening two rounds after making seven birdies, as he chases a top-three finish to qualify for The Open - which begins next Thursday and is live on Sky Sports. The course wasn't setup its best, and this week it is. "I'm pleased that I managed to turn out a good score and had some things go my way to help me do that".

"I think it's phenomenal because it's got the best viewing of any golf course I've seen, as well as the risk/reward, the last four holes are spectacular, 15, 16, 17, 18, I think is going to be some of the best viewing and best environment for the end of Ryder Cup matches".

"I'm actually going to be commentating if I don't play for BBC for a couple of days", Pepperell said about The Open.

"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".

"I love playing links golf and being able to use your imagination and hit different shots", said Fowler, whose victory at Gullane in 2015 prompted the members to rename the clubhouse bar in his honour.

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