The United States Golf Association decided to run an interesting ad on Facebook this morning starring Phil Mickelson, who essentially assumed the role of public enemy No. 1 at the U.S. Open yesterday.
Phil Mickelson is off the rails. Putting like a four year old out there. pic.twitter.com/doUMMHORNJ— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) June 16, 2018
The add is for tickets for next year's U.S. Open.
USGA running ads for US Open tickets next year. Player they are using is Phil Mickelson. pic.twitter.com/8zUaUDlRxF— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 17, 2018
It's an interesting move by the USGA. I mean, they could have literally used any other player.
Mickelson is quite literally being called to withdraw from the U.S. Open after he putted a moving ball at the 13th hole yesterday.
A remarkable sequence on Hole 13, where Phil Mickelson was assessed a two-stroke penalty for hitting a moving ball and ended up making a 10 on the hole. pic.twitter.com/kx6ieYiOGR— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 16, 2018
He has since said it wasn't meant to be disrespectful, but simply that he would prefer to take the penalty than putt the ball from where it was going to end up. Strategic? Sure, but we all know golf has a very strict etiquette.
Mickelson has always been a fan favorite, but the situation has left diehard golf fans with a sour taste in their mouths. And now the USGA is reminding us all about that with their ad. Nice.