Four days after sparking controversy at the U.S. Open for striking a moving ball, Phil Mickelson issued an apology Wednesday.
The five-time major champion said he was “embarrassed and disappointed” by his actions.
“I know this should’ve come sooner, but it’s taken me a few days to calm down. My anger and frustration got the best of me last weekend,” Mickelson wrote in a text message to Golf.com. “It was clearly not my finest moment and I’m sorry.”
The incident in question came Saturday on the 13th hole during the third round at Shinnecock Hills when he let his frustrations get the best of him and hit the ball while it was still rolling. He received a two-shot penalty.
A remarkable sequence on Hole 13, where Phil Mickelson was assessed a two-stroke penalty for hitting a moving ball and ended up making a 10 on the hole. pic.twitter.com/kx6ieYiOGR
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 16, 2018
Mickelson initially told reporters Saturday he “didn’t mean to disrespect anybody,” but he didn’t talk to the media Sunday.
His wife Amy did reveal he offered to withdraw from the U.S. Open after he heard all the talk about a possible disqualification. However, USGA CEO Mike Davis told Mickelson he was well within the rules.
He closed with a 1-under 69 on Sunday and tied for 48th at 16 over par.