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Phil Mickelson hopes we’ll eventually be able to laugh about Shinnecock incident

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Phil Mickelson was at Soldier Field in Chicago on Monday to help promote this week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Lefty threw footballs (right-handed) with Bears quarterback Chase Daniel and engaged in the full spectrum of autograph signing, clinic giving, and everything you’d expect…he also addressed the events at Shinnecock Hills two weeks ago with Todd Lewis of Golf Channel.

“It wasn’t the right decision,” Mickelson said “It took a little while for my anger and frustration to subside enough to where I could see clearly that I made not my best move. It wasn’t my best moment. And so I apologized. Now, moving forward, the best thing I can do is to start promoting the game again in a positive way.”

Regarding whether he plans to use the rules in his favor in a similar manner again, Phil said.

“It wasn’t the smart decision. The Rules of Golf actually address that for next year, so I don’t think anybody will be looking at it as a smart play. But at the time I really didn’t care about the stroke difference.”

He added

“I have pretty thick skin and I’m aware that I’ll probably hear about this for some time. Fortunately, I can take it, and I hope at some point we’ll all be able to laugh about it.”

Here’s Mickelson’s full chat

What do you think of what Mickelson had to say, GolfWRX members?

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  1. David

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    When i saw Phil hit the ball on the putting green i laughed out loud. Not a golfer watching hasn’t experienced that level of frustration. but i would have been more interested if Phil had let the ball come to a stop off the green then declared the ball unplayable. using the rules he would hit another ball from where the first putt was and continued to finish the hole that way. do u think that would have caused as much controversy ??

    • geoh

      Jun 27, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      To have used the unplayable rule would be fair play, although ‘doughboy’ would be
      considered even more a wimp, had he done that.

      As it is, his confession of intent following his round, clearly indicated that he purposely breached rule 1-2, and subject to disqualification. If he is truly repentant then give 100% of his winnings to charity (not the Phil ‘tax relief’ Trust fund). ie he would end up with zero, the same as if he were disqualified, as he should have been, by his own confession of intent.

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John Peterson coming out of retirement after being inspired by the Masters

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John Peterson, the former NCAA D-I individual champion, gave up his ambition of making a living on Tour last summer when he failed to keep his PGA Tour card, but inspired by Tiger Woods’ victory at the Masters, Peterson is set to make a comeback.

The 30-year-old has been working in a real estate office for the past seven months and announced his decision to return on Matt Moscona’s radio show “After Review” on 104.5 FM ESPN Baton Rouge. The Texan told Moscona about the desire he felt once again to tee it up while watching the Masters earlier this month, with both Patrick Cantlay and Tiger Woods serving as pivotal players in Peterson’s decision.

“Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back to realize what you had. I was in an office for seven months, and it was fine when I started, I was paying the bills. Then the Masters came along and I’m watching this kid Patrick Cantlay, who in 2011 finished second to me in the National Championship when he was at UCLA, and he’s finishing ninth in the Masters, it’s on TV, and I beat him and I beat him a lot and I’m just like man, that could be me.”

“And then Tiger wins, with his story, it was just so inspiring, honestly. And I quit my job, seriously, the next day after the Masters.”

As for where he stands at this particular moment with his comeback, Peterson has no Tour status and will rely on sponsor exemptions and Monday qualifiers, while the mini-tour route is another option for the Texan. Peterson knows he’s taking a risk in his latest comeback, but the 30-year-old sounds ready for the challenge that lies ahead.

“I’m taking a big risk, and I really don’t have any place to play right now 100 percent, so I have to qualify and stuff. I will get back, I know I will. It’s just kind of a regret watching the guys that I played with my whole life finish top 10 in the majors and just knowing I can do it.”

 

 

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.25.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

New “Never Lag” goodies releasing today from Swag Golf…

…and multiple PGA Tour winner Kevin Streelman has a cover ready for action at this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

For anyone still having Masters withdrawal symptoms, here’s some “Augusta green” Raw Apex MBs.

Amazing patchwork from Robert Mark Golf.

A very cool Elements Gold was handed to Corey Conners from UST Mamiya Golf Shafts at this week’s event.

When golf is everything.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.24.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Some cool headcover designs from Robert Mark Golf.

New putters are coming to the Hive from Bettinardi.

How do we like this exotic Tour issue heads from Brute Golf, WRXers?

CJC Golf has created this excellent looking “Frank” putter cover.

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Michael Martinez is auctioning off his slick looking Hulk head cover creation this Thursday.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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