Amy Mickelson defends Phil: 'Everyone should be allowed to have a moment'
There was no media availability for Phil Mickelson after his final round at the U.S. Open on Sunday, but his wife Amy came to his defense after a bizarre moment on the 13th green during Saturday's round.
Mickelson opted to run after a missed putt and hit the ball back toward the hole before it stopped. That led to a two-stroke penalty, but many rushed to the conclusion that the 48-year-old should be disqualified.
"It was very uncharacteristic," she said, as per Alan Bastable of Golf.com. "If he acted like that all the time, I think that's different. I think everyone should be allowed to have a moment."
According to Amy, Mickelson called USGA executive director Mike Davis on Saturday and offered to withdraw from the tournament. Davis assured him that wouldn't be necessary, despite the growing discontent among the masses on Twitter.
"He's a good man who had a bad moment," Amy said. "You might have a bad day at work or do something or say something that you regret. When (players) do it, it's on a very large stage and there's so much immediate reaction on Twitter and social media, it can overwhelm."
Upon making a 5-footer on the 13th hole on Sunday, Mickelson hoisted his arms in the air to celebrate; a fun moment after Saturday's debacle that hopefully allowed everyone closure with the incident.
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