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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Golf

Phil Mickelson says moving ball putt was intentional

Phil Mickelson said after his turbulent day at the U.S. Open that what seemed to be a remarkable mental gaffe was not a gaffe at all.

Mickelson putted a moving ball on the 13th hole Saturday, which resulted in a two-stroke penalty and much controversy. He claimed after his round was over, however, that he knew exactly what he was doing, had no desire to play the shot over, and has considered doing it before.

Naturally, Mickelson faced criticism for his actions even before he said his actions were intentional. That admission will only make the situation more controversial.

Watch: Phil Mickelson penalized after hitting moving ball

Phil Mickelson appeared to have a moment of madness during Saturday’s U.S. Open action.

Mickelson inexplicably hit a moving ball on the 13th hole, ultimately taking a two-stroke penalty and ending up with a 10 on the hole.

Mickelson has had a rough tournament — he was +10 at the time and finished the day at +17 overall — and his putting in particular was way off. The FOX broadcasters speculated that it was a move out of pure frustration and defeat. It goes without saying that he’s well out of contention at this point.

Mickelson’s rough day is a continuing trend. This has been a very difficult tournament for some of the world’s most high-profile golfers.

FOX apologizes for sex talk that made it on air during US Open

FOX US Open

FOX apologized on Friday after some sex talk made it onto the air during the network’s telecast of the US Open Friday at Shinnecock Hills.

FOX announcer Joe Buck was talking about Patrick Reed when some audio came across the FS1 feed of two men talking about sex in inappropriate terms.

A FOX spokesperson apologized and told Sporting News that the audio came from fans in the gallery.

“Today, during the live FS1 broadcast of the 2018 U.S. Open, one of the many microphones on the course inadvertently picked up some offensive crowd chatter. We sincerely apologize,” Fox Sports spokeswoman Anne Pennington said in a statement to Sporting News.

That wasn’t the only audio issue the channel experienced. FS1 also lost audio for about 15 minutes during their coverage of the second round of the major.

This is probably the only time FOX was hoping not too many viewers were watching. Well, that, and also during their technical issues at the World Series.

Jordan Spieth misses first cut at major since 2014

Jordan Spieth get that

Jordan Spieth had a terrible finish to his round at the US Open on Friday that will result in him missing the cut.

Spieth bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes to finish at +9 for the tournament, with the projected cut at eight over. The real heartbreaker was a birdie putt on 18 he missed from fairly close range, leaving him to settle for par.

Spieth was part of a great group featuring him, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, but only one is set to continue for the rest of the weekend. All three players carded high scores on the first day before bouncing back with more impressive rounds on Friday at Shinnecock Hills.

McIlroy shot par on Friday but was unable to make up for his 10-over round on Thursday and will miss the cut. Spieth finished 1 over on Friday, a day after shooting a 78. Mickelson was one under on Friday to finish six over for the two rounds.

This is Spieth’s first missed cut at a major since the PGA Championship in 2014. He had finished in the top four on seven occasions since then, including three major wins.

Steve Kerr received congratulatory message from Tiger after winning title

Steve Kerr

The Golden State Warriors were the toast of the sports world last week after winning the NBA championship. They received congratulations and praise from many comers, but there was one that stood out.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr says getting a congratulatory text message from Tiger Woods was a highlight.

“I don’t want to be a name-dropper but I guess the one that kind of (surprised me) was Tiger Woods. That was pretty cool,” Kerr told “The Damon Bruce Show” on 95.7 The Game Thursday.

Kerr also shared that the two became friends due to their experiences dealing with back surgery. Kerr had an extremely rough experience and missed time coaching due to his pain and recovery. Tiger similarly missed significant time after back surgeries and had issues with pain medications.

But instead of commiserating over their experiences with back injuries, their latest was a much more positive conversation.

Watch: Dean Burmester sinks ridiculous eagle to finish round

Dean Burmester

Dean Burmester finished his first round at the US Open in style on Thursday.

Burmester was on the par 4 18th and bombed his drive 411 yards. As if that weren’t impressive enough, he dunked in his approach shot from 104 yards away to hole out.

That ridiculous eagle helped him finish the round at 5 over par — tied for 59th. That’s not a bad score considering how difficult the course is playing at Shinnecock Hills.

Twitter reacts to Tiger Woods’ brutal start at US Open

Tiger Woods is looking to win his first US Open and first major championship since 2008, but his opening round at Shinnecock Hills got off to as rough of a start as he could have imagined.

After hitting a nice tee shot and finding the fairway on the first hole, Woods hit his approach shot over the green and into the rough. He had a difficult pitch shot that he left short of the green, and it rolled back toward where he was standing. He then tried to putt the ball up to the green, but the result was the same.

Woods was able to putt the ball up to the green on his third attempt, but he ended up missing about a five-foot putt. He carded a triple bogey. Twitter was left stunned:

The course at Shinnecock played incredibly difficult on Thursday, and the leader was only 1-under par at the time of Tiger’s horrific start. He has plenty of time to make up for his first hole disaster, but that reminded us of some of the roughest moments the 14-time major champion has had recently.