After Phil Mickelson's third-round antics in the U.S. Open on Saturday, he finally has addressed the behavior.
"I know this should've come sooner, but it's taken me a few days to calm down", the text reads, per GOLF.com's Alan Shipnuck". I'm embarrassed and disappointed in my actions. I'm sorry you're taking it that way.
The five-time major champion caused uproar in the world of golf when he ran after a moving putt on the 13th green and hit the ball back towards the hole at Shinnecock Hills.
The latest comments from Mickelson, however, suggest his actions - which many critics felt bent the usual etiquette and spirit of the game - were more of an impulse rather than the calculated use of the rule book.
We still await their apology for failing abjectly in their role as custodians.
"A player is deemed to have committed a serious breach of Rule 1-2 if the Committee considers that the action taken in breach of this Rule has allowed him or another player to gain a significant advantage or has placed another player, other than his partner, at a significant disadvantage".
"Phil really did want to understand how the rule operates because he didn't want to - frankly, as he said to me: "I don't want to play in this championship if I should have been disqualified", Davis told AP.
Mickelson, who turned 48 on Saturday, will have to wait until Pebble Beach next June for another chance to complete a career grand slam. The conditions the first day were tough, but I just shot myself in the foot. "So it's just, it's us applying the rules". Thoughts everyone??? here you go. over the back on 15 at Augusta.
"Phil knows the rules", Spieth said.
"It's my understanding of the rules", Mickelson said at the time.
"So if that was the intent, then what's the harm in that?" Had he played the ball conventionally, he risked a score higher than the 10 he ended up getting on the par 4 hole.
"If somebody's offended by that, I apologize to them, but you know, toughen up, because this is not meant that way", he said.