Following major controversy at the U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson has apologised days later in a text message sent to an exclusive mailing list of reporters and writers.
Wednesday, however, brought a different tone from him, as he released a statement in which he said, "I know this should've come sooner, but it's taken me a few days to calm down". I'm sorry you're taking it that way.
Afterwards, Mickelson, who carded 81, told FOX: "I was just going back and forth and I'd gladly take the two shots over continuing that display".
"He did not let the ball come to rest and if that is not a serious breach I don't what is and they should have applied the rule that says disqualification", Westwood told Sky Sports UK.
We still await their apology for failing abjectly in their role as custodians.
Mickelson finished the U.S. Open in a tie for 48th. Mickelson, who previously had defended his actions on the 13th green in Round 3 at Shinnecock Hills, noted that his frustration and anger boiled over and he more or less snapped.More news: England smashes ODI record score
However, as the criticism intensified, with Jason Day, the former world No1, hinting on Tuesday that he should have been shown the gates, Mickelson and his team might have believed he had no choice.
"Look, I don't mean disrespect to anybody", Mickelson said after the incident on Saturday. "Sometimes in these situations, it's just easier to take the 2 shots and move on". That is something you do in mini-golf, not the U.S. Open - or any tournament.
Asked whether he thought his actions were disrespectful, Mickelson added: "It was meant to take advantage of the rules as best as you can".
The report said Mickelson's wife, Amy Mickelson, said her husband had offered to disqualify himself from the event to USGA president Mike Davis.
USGA chief executive Mike Davis later revealed that Mickelson had telephoned him to clarify whether or not he should have been disqualified. "So it's just, it's us applying the rules".
Mickelson played Sunday, shooting 1-under 69, including a par at the 13th hole.