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Scottish Open: Phil Mickelson absence leaves Rickie Fowler in crossfire

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Scottish Open: Phil Mickelson absence leaves Rickie Fowler in crossfire

Mickelson was practising at Gullane on Tuesday however stayed away from the course on Wednesday

If, and possibly when, Phil Mickelson bumps into Rickie Fowler at Gullane on Thursday, he ought to do the respectable factor and take the person for a drink. A big one. Perhaps two. Perhaps a a complete gallon.

In Mickelson’s absence from the house of the Scottish Open on Tuesday – he decamped to Carnoustie for the day – and in his refusal on Wednesday to speak about his guidelines violation on the US Open final month, questions had been as an alternative directed at his mate, Fowler. Rickie walked into the crossfire and took one for Crew Phil.

Has Mickelson’s repute suffered as a consequence of what happened on the 13th green within the third spherical at Shinnecock Hills? “Lots of gamers acquired amusing out of it,” Fowler replied. You would not name it dishonest? ‘No…’ He knowingly broke a rule, although…’Nicely…’

Fowler did the perfect he might in attempting to justify an occasion that continues to canine Mickelson and has, it appears, precipitated him to make himself scarce this week.

Some background right here. In each sense, Mickelson is a champion of the Scottish Open. A winner in 2013 and a mainstay competitor who’s about to make his 13th look within the occasion, you could possibly set your watch by the American in weeks like this.

There may be all the time a Mickelson press convention within the days earlier than the championship begins and each single time he comes throughout like a one-man vacationer board. Down the again of the room you’ll be able to virtually hear the golf membership members and event sponsors purring. Considerate and interesting; Phil in full flight. There was one 12 months – Loch Lomond, Fortress Stuart, Royal Aberdeen or Gullane – when he talked about the phrase ‘enjoyable’ 17 occasions in his interview.

This week has been totally different. Mickelson was at Gullane on Tuesday, however he opted to not converse. Usually, he’d play the ProAm on the Wednesday, however he opted out of that as nicely. Extremely uncommon stuff.

Why? You possibly can solely presume that he desires to keep away from questions in regards to the 13th inexperienced on the US Open when, within the midst of a horror third spherical on a horrendously tough course set-up that was frying the Mickelson mind, he ran after a transferring putt and batted it again in direction of the flag earlier than it disappeared off a inexperienced with an official studying on the stimpmeter