London – Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson admitted on
Thursday that last month’s incident at the US Open, when he stopped a moving
ball on the green, was his fault and that he wishes he “could take it
The 48-year-old over hit a putt on the 13th hole at
Shinnecock Hills, and realising it would roll of the green, ran after his ball
and hit it back in the opposite direction.
He was given a two-shot penalty, although some of his fellow
players and pundits felt as though he should have been disqualified. He went on
to finish tied 48th.
He was also penalised at the Greenbrier Classic last weekend
for tapping down some long grass with his club.
“I made a big mistake and you know, I wish I could take
it back, but I can’t,” Mickelson said after an even-par opening round of
70 at the Scottish Open.
“But the thing about this is throughout my career, 25
years, there have been a lot of times where I have had to be accountable for
decisions I did not make. And the reason why this has actually been easier: it
was my own fault.
“The backlash is my own fault… I have had mental
lapses… throughout my whole life. It’s not like it’s new. That was just one
of the worst ones.”
Mickelson insisted he had not been avoiding the media this
week, saying that he had been to Paris and Carnoustie to prepare for
September’s Ryder Cup and next week’s British Open respectively.
“Not trying to dodge anybody these first few days. I
have been a little bit busy.”