Phil Mickelson, also known as ‘Lefty’, was in the headlines in 2018 ahead of the U.S. Open. The LIV Golf member has won 45 events on the PGA Tour, including six major championships and three Masters titles in 2004, 2006, and 2010. He would not play in the 2018 U.S. Open, but the tables had turned.
His wife, Amy Mickelson, revealed how he almost withdrew from the U.S. Open in 2018. But certainly, he did not miss the headlines and controversies, which were the reasons for his almost not playing in U.S. Open.
Phil Mickelson at US Open 2018
During the play at the US Open in Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York, Phil Mickelson hit a moving putt, intentionally. This move earned him a two-stroke penalty and he could score a 10 on the hole before finishing with an 81. They considered it a bad putt, and it made his name appear in the controversy.
Mickelson later explained his move and justified it by saying that it was meant to take advantage of it. According to him, he was just going back and forth and he could have gladly taken the two shots again, continuing the same display.
Amy Mickelson Cleared Things Up
After his ‘bad putt’ at the U.S. Open, Mickelson came to know that there had been frustration in people by his move and statement. To which, his wife Amy Mickelson cleared up things. She said that Phil offered to withdraw from the Open. She said that this incident wasn’t the finest, but that Phil will learn.
After listening to all the news and controversy that surrounded Mickelson, he decided to withdraw. She said, “When he heard that he called Mike Davis and said, ‘If I’ve done something that crosses the line that much, then I need to withdraw immediately’”.
Supporting her husband, she said that he will learn from his mistakes. Mickelson told the chief executive of USGA that he should not play if he was supposed to be disqualified.
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A Commerce graduate who turned her passion into her profession, Saumya is a Golf writer at Essentially Sports. Having developed the love for the sport at a very young age, she watched Tiger Woods and caught inspiration from his legacy early on. Apart from Woods, she shares great admiration for her country’s players like Vishwanathan Anand and Neeraj Chopra.