Altvater: Phil Mickelson withdraws from the Memorial after a first round 79Written by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
Phil Mickelson jumped on his jet Thursday evening and flew out of Columbus.
He had just shot a first round 79 at a challenging Muirfield Village Golf Club and was 13 shots behind leader Scott Stallings.
Phil cited “mental fatigue.”
Phil made double bogey at the par-4 No. 2 on his way to a one over-par 37 on the front nine.
He added another double at the par-3 No. 16 and played seven holes, 12-18, at seven over par and turned in an ugly 42 on the back nine.
Phil Mickelson is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. He has won 40 PGA Tour events and four major championships. Phil has spent countless hours signing autographs and helped raise millions of dollars for charity. He is an all around good guy.
To withdraw from Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament after a poor first round is more than just a little irresponsible.
You will probably not read much about Phil’s withdrawal in the national golf media because Phil is such a good guy and has built up plenty of goodwill among the golf beat writers.
Phil may be making a statement to the PGA Tour about the misuse of cell phones by the golf fans at tour events.
Message received Phil.
Golf fans in central Ohio; the Memorial’s main sponsor, Nationwide Insurance; and golf legend Jack Nicklaus deserve better.
Couldn’t you have just texted?
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