Mickelson hacks his way through the rough, saves enough energy for another jab at U.S. Open: "Oakmont is the USGA's wet dream"
OAKMONT, Pa. - Phil Mickelson has been candid - borderline delirious - with comments he’s made about Oakmont and the tournament setup this week – possibly returning the favor for the wrist he hurt in the ridiculously high rough here a few weeks back - rough he says has been cut in half now, after six other player injuries this week.
Mickelson isn’t getting the chance for a therapeutic cleanse of frustration on the driving range like everyone else. He seems to be doing it with his mouth this week.
He called the high rough early in the week a “physical hazard” and the 288-yard 8th hole a par 3 1/2. He said the greens had inconsistent speeds. The committee also met with him to discuss a joke he made about his wrist brace giving him an advantage earlier this week.
I thought Johnny Miller was supposed to be the controversial one out here.
Phil is definitely not on the Open’s good side right now. Nevertheless, he offered a backhanded compliment to Oakmont after his first round.
“I have a good game plan.” He said after his round. “This is the USGA’s wet dream here…and I’ve got in my mind a way to shoot par but I didn’t execute today.”
His round was as ballsy as his remark. He hit five fairways and eight greens with no birdies. He hacked away all day long and still isn’t out of the tournament - right behind the log jam at 3-over.
I’ve also noticed how cleverly the Golf Channel edited this comment out on their primetime recap showing most of his interview.
Phil has nothing to lose. He can say whatever he wants.
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