The fulminations over Phil Mickelson swatting a rolling golf ball at the U.S. Open could shatter brick and concrete, but the best rip job of Lefty probably belongs to a British golf writer who called him a “chump” and “silly ass” during Fox Sports’ excellent final round coverage from Shinnecock Hills on Sunday.
Speaking to Fox reporter Holly Sonders, golf writer John Hopkins of the Global Golf Post let Mickelson have it over his decision to hit a rolling golf ball on the 13th green Saturday. That resulted in a two-shot penalty for Mickelson — and a “Tin Cup”-like ten on the hole.
Phil made a 10 on the 13th hole after being assessed a 2-shot penalty for hitting a moving ball. pic.twitter.com/8QGqJIlV49
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 16, 2018
Maybe it was Hopkins’ clipped British accent. Or the unhurried, professorial way he skewered Mickelson. But Hopkins’ brutally honest comments made even Sonders look at the camera in surprise.
“I think he’s a chump. I think he made a complete mistake. In Britain we would call him an ass. A silly ass,” said Hopkins during Fox’s live Sunday coverage. “What worries me more is that he shows little contrition now. There’s not much, um, chastening. He doesn’t look to me this morning as though he realizes quite what has happened and how’s he’s offended so many people. And if my judgment is rather severe, then, I’m British and I make no apologies for it.“
Oh hell yeah ? ?????? pic.twitter.com/about
— Brendan Porath (@BrendanPorath) June 17, 2018
Hopkins’ comments about Mickelson underline the stark difference in opinions about Mickelson’s actions. The white shoe, country club golf establishment reacted with horror to the American superstar cavalierly ignoring the hallowed rules of golf. The golf press mostly agreed, clutching their pearls and heading for the fainting couch.
Many TV viewers and everyday golf fans, on the other hand, could care less. They’ve stopped rolling putts, or knocked balls off the green, during their Sunday foursome at the public golf course. They didn’t get mad at Mickelson — because they’ve done the same thing themselves.
Of course, some American golf fans took offense to a snooty British golf writer insulting the popular Mickelson.
Take it away angry Twitter:
This John Hopkins dick just called Phil Mickelson a “chump” and an “ass” on live television. Then said he won’t apologize because “I’m British”. Go brush your teeth you British Dick Bag!
Piss of and go back across the pond , ASSHOLE! Phil is the man , you are not. #SUKADICK
— NY Islander (@nyislandertalk) June 17, 2018
This bloody wanker, John Hopkins of Global Golf Post, is going on about how Phil Mickelson is a “chump” and a “silly ass” because of yesterday. Hey @FOXSports quit beating this dead horse already. Stick to golf shots, not pompous commentary! #USOpen
— Eddie (@eddiec118) June 17, 2018
Fox Sport’s John Hopkins just called Phil Michelson an ass?? Who the hell are you to call one of the greatest and SMARTEST golfers of all time an ass? He took advantage of a rule you moron! #USOpen2018 #PhilMickelson #USOpengolf #FOXSports
— Curt Parker (@parkenstein2000) June 17, 2018
For his part, Mickelson said he didn't mean disrespect.
“I know it’s a two-shot penalty. At that time, I just didn’t feel like going back and forth and hitting the shot over," explained Mickelson. "I took the two-shot penalty and moved on. It’s my understanding of the rules. I’ve had multiple times when I’ve wanted to do that. I just finally did.”