Montgomerie: I'm Sure Phil Regrets It

Colin Montgomerie weighed in on Phil Mickelson's U.S. Open gaffe

Tiki and Tierney
June 20, 2018 - 5:10 pm

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Despite the fact that Brooks Koepka was the one who came out victorious at the U.S. Open this past weekend, Phil Mickelson has been the talk of the world of golf, but for the wrong reasons.

Ever since Mickelson putting stunt on the 13th green at Shinnecock Hills, where the 48-year-old intentionally ran over to his misguided shot and deflected it back towards the vicinity of the hole (therefore suffering a two-stroke penalty in the process), mixed reactions ranging from indifference to outrage have consumed the sport.

As a result of Mickelson actions, everyone affiliated with the game has had their opinion on the subject, including former PGA Tour golfer and Mickelson’s longtime friend Colin Montgomerie.

“Everyone is talking about this aren’t they?” Montgomerie rhetorically asked on Tiki and Tierney. “I have to say that (Phil) has been a great friend of mine for many years. Our lockers were together, so we used to spend a lot of time together.”

After playing in numerous major tournaments and Open championships with one another, and knowing each other well personally, Montgomerie believes that Mickelson definitely feels distressed over the way that he acted on Saturday.

“I’m sure when Phil went home on Sunday evening, he regretted what he did,” Montgomerie said. “I mean that wasn’t really the spirit of the game. He knows the rules and was trying to use them to his advantage, which is fine, but it wasn’t quite in the etiquette of the game.

While there’s divisive angst over the incident, Montgomerie can understand why many people around the sport feel so distraught.

“I know some of the younger people are saying, ‘What’s the big deal?’” Montgomerie said. “But when you understand the etiquette of the golf game and the way that it’s played, and knowingly doing what he did, I’m sure he’ll regret that.”

In light of this unfortunate circumstance, Montgomerie predicts that the R&A and USGA, golf’s main two governing bodies, will alter the rule that Mickelson tried to use to his advantage.

“I think you’ll find that rule change,” Montgomerie said. “It’s always up for opinion, these rules, but that’s one that should be cut and dry, and I don’t think you’ll find that happen again.”