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Phil Mickelson had a disastrous outing at the Memorial Tournament, shooting a 7-over 79 in the first round Thursday before withdrawing that night due to “mental fatigue”.He now has revealed that part of the reason he was so out of sorts at Jack Nicklaus’ tournament was because of all the distractions from the gallery.
According to ESPN, Mickelson was fed up with fans using their mobile phones to take pictures during his round, and sent a text message himself to PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem from the fairway on No. 6.
At most tournaments, fans are free to have mobile phones on the golf course after a 2011 rule change, as long as they are silenced. At the Masters, however, there is a strict no-mobile phone policy, even for credentialed media.
Tiger Woods won the tournament, but he had to back off of shots multiple times throughout the weekend because of camera phones.
Tom Watson, who is old enough to have played before cell phones were ever invented, had some pretty dramatic comments about the mobile phone fiasco.
“When they make these marquee pairings, more people are going to follow them and more people want to take pictures. So it makes it very difficult. Ever since they made that rule that cell phones are allowed, it’s just not fun playing.“
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