Sports | June 20, 2018 11:55 am

Phil Mickelson Admits He’s “Embarrassed” After U.S. Open Meltdown

Six-time Open runner-up apologized for Saturday's rule violation—and laughing it off.

Phil Mickelson of the United States reacts on the 11th green during the second round of the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on June 15, 2018 in Southampton, New York.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Phil Mickelson of the United States reacts on the 11th green during the second round of the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on June 15, 2018 in Southampton, New York. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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After some reflection, Phil Mickelson has issued an apology for his behavior at the U.S. Open on Saturday which led some to call for him to withdraw from the tournament.

While speaking with The New York Post, Mickelson said he was “sorry” for violating the course rules and playing his ball while it was still in motion on the 13th hole during the third round.

“I know this should have come sooner, but it’s taken me a few days to calm down,” Mickelson said. “My anger and frustration got the best of me last weekend. I’m embarrassed and disappointed in my actions. It was clearly not my finest moment and I’m sorry.” Notably, Mickelson holds the dubious U.S. Open record for most all-time runner-up finishes with six.

Following Saturday’s incident at Shinnecock Hills, Mickelson was given a two-shot penalty and took a 10 on the par-4 hole.

Though the incident may not seem like that big a deal, Mickelson’s initial response to it—essentially laughing it off—angered many golf purists and led him to speak with The Post.