Found June 05, 2012 on
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Phil Mickelson withdrew from the Memorial last weekend because of mental fatigue after posting a 79 in the opening round. But something else may have contributed to Mickelson’s early exit from the tournament: cellphones.
According to four people with knowledge of the situation, Mickelson sent a text message to PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem from the sixth fairway at Muirfield Village claiming that the lack of policing of fans using cellphones was out of hand.
Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler also both complained about the number of fans taking pictures with their phones, which forced some players to back off of their shots.
Watson and Fowler were Mickelson’s playing partners last Thursday and both claimed Mickelson’s withdrawal was due to fans constantly distracting him by taking photos with their cellphone cameras. Watson claimed the tour’s rule on cellphone cameras isn’t working. The current regulation says fans can have them if they are on vibrate and are only used in specific ...
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Mickelson cited "mental fatigue" for why he withdrew from the Memorial, but he reportedly texted the PGA Tour commissioner while on the course to complain about fans taking photos with their cell phones.
Phil Mickelson originally said that he withdrews from Memorial over the weekend because he was mentally fatigued. That may have been at least somewhat true, but shortly thereafter, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler both indicated that Mickelson had become increasingly annoyed with cell phone use among the gallery. The way that Mickelson reportedly voiced his displeasure with that, is...
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Masters champion Bubba Watson will play in the same group for the opening two rounds of the U.S. Open.
It will be the first time Woods and Mickelson have been paired in the U.S. Open since the USGA grouped players off the world ranking at Torrey Pines in 2008. The rankings were used for another big group - Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood...
According to four people with direct knowledge, Phil Mickelson sent a text message to PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem from the sixth fairway at Muirfield Village suggesting that a lack of policing fans with cellphones was getting out of hand.
To supplement his income early last decade, Australian professional golfer Anthony Summers spent a couple of years cleaning toilets on weekends at his hometown Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium.
You might say it was messy post-game work, not to mention the kind to which, say, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have never knelt. And to hear Summers tell it, not all frolicking...