Golfer Phil Mickelson apologizes to hurt fan

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Phil Mickelson*s tee shot on No. 3 landed in the rough to the right, and when he arrived at his ball he saw a man sitting on the ground, holding an icepack to his right temple, with medical staff gathered around.

Mickelson went over and gave the man a glove and apologised. One problem: It was Sam Horsfield*s shot from the neighboring sixth hole that hit him. “It*s just instinct,” Mickelson said, drawing laughter from the gallery. “I would normally think it*s me.”

That*s how things went for the US Open runner-up at The Country Club this week: a series of apologies, interrupted by a whole lot of bad golf shots.

Phil Mickelson

“Wish I had played better,” Mickelson, who declined to talk to reporters, said in a transcript that was distributed by the USGA on Friday after he followed a first-round 78 with a 3-over 73 to finish 11 over and miss the cut at plus-3.

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