American List leads Scottish Open after first round

Annette Crawford
Июля 16, 2018

When Phil Mickelson finished his opening round at the Scottish Open at Gullane on Thursday he looked at the media pack awaiting his arrival into the mixed zone and cracked a joke.

He summoned a rules official, told him what happened and was penalised.

"Not only was I not great on the course - I was not great after the round, either", Mickelson continued. Or I could play less and practice less, but I never thought I was good enough to be one of those players.

"The weather changes so much around here so hard to say if it will be a good draw or bad draw, but I think not too early is good".

"The thing about this is throughout my career, 25 years, there have been a lot of times where I have had to be accountable for decisions I did not make".

"It seemed like everybody - to walk away with par, that woke me up a little bit and I got off to a good run after that and holed a lot of mid-range putts, which I haven't been doing in the last month or two, so nice to see a few puts go in". "And the reason why this has actually been easier, it was my own fault". The articles and the backlash is my own fault.

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Also sidelined at the weekend will be Phil Mickelson (69, for 1 under overall) and Hideki Matsuyama (70, for 2 under overall).

"I would love to be back out here playing, only a year ago I felt it wasn't enough to practice less and play fewer events, that was for better players than me, so I knocked it on the head". Not only was I not great on the course I was not great after the round either. I was pretty angry. "I tend to be more passive-aggressive in my actions".

Mickelson also revealed that his potential $10m (£7.5m) shootout with Tiger Woods is "close to having some stuff finalised", but that he and Woods would not be putting up the money themselves.

The 41-year-old was planning to attend the British Open - the only one of golf's four "majors" played outside the United States - in his role as a coach but could now find himself doubling up.

Mickelson was sliding far out of contention in the third round of the US Open when he chased after a bogey putt on the 13th hole and hit it back toward the hole to keep it rolling off the front of the green.

However, he is eight shots behind leader Robert Rock at the halfway point.

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