After Phil Mickelson’s third-round antics in the U.S. Open on Saturday, he finally has addressed the behavior.
The five-time major champion let his frustrations gets the best of him on the 13th hole. He attempted to sink a bogey putt, but the ball snuck past the hole, prompting Mickelson to jog after it and hit it while it was still moving to keep it from rolling down a hill.
Initially, the 48-year-old said he meant no disrespect to the game and justified his actions by saying he didn’t want to hit the same shot over. Now, Mickelson is apologizing, telling Golf.com’s Alan Shipnuck he shouldn’t have waited as long as he did.
Many called for the golfer to be disqualified from the tournament, but he played in the final round, finishing in a tie for 48th.