Phil Mickelson Rips USGA Over US Open Setups

Does Lefty Have an Argument?

Phil Mickelson’s unease with the USGA is no secret, and he once again voiced his displeasure with golf’s governing body over U.S. Open setups.

“I’ve played, what, 29 U.S. Opens,” Mickelson told reporters after firing off a first-round 70 at the Memorial. “One hundred percent of the time they have messed it up if it doesn’t rain. Rain is the governor. That’s the only governor they have. If they don’t have a governor, they don’t know how to control themselves.”

There are two weeks until the 2019 U.S. Open, which will return to Pebble Beach this year. This comes a year after Mickelson was at the center of controversy on a hard Shinnecock,, when the six-time runner-up ran after a missed putt and hit his ball while it was still moving for a two-shot penalty. The move made Mickelson the poster child for anger over the USGA’s course preparations, which a Golf Digest polling showed are deep.

Lefty is hoping for a little more attention paid to the course this time around, whether by the USGA or Mother Nature.

“It’s just based on history,” he added. “My 30 years, and 30 years before that. So I think we’re all pulling for a little rain.”

By Michael Blinn

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