Steve DiMeglio of USA Today suggests that fans taking pictures on cell phones might have caused Phil Mickleson's withdrawal from the Memorial after a first-round 79.
With a huge gallery following the marquee matchup of Watson, Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, Watson believes the continual distraction of fans with cell phones may have played a role in Mickelson's withdrawal.
"It took Phil out of his game," Watson said of the continual clicks and snaps of cell phone-camera shutters. "Phil's a great player and a great champion and it just took him out of his game. It's sad. It's sad that cell phones can make or break a championship."
Mickelson made the turn at 1 over before struggling. Fowler shot a 71 and Watson, who won the Masters last month, had a 75.
"There were a few phones out there," Fowler said with a laugh. "There were a few times when we had to back off and reset. You could see Phil was a little fatigued and was having trouble blocking it out a bit."
Somewhere Tiger Woods is thinking, "Welcome to my world."
Cheyenne Woods qualifies for U.S. Open
Tiger's first-round 70 at the Memorial wasn't the only good news for the Woods family on Thursday. Cheyenne Woods, Tiger's niece, also qualified for the U.S. Women's Open. Yahoo Sports' Jonathan Wall has the details:
Woods, who turned pro earlier this year after playing four years of golf at Wake Forest University, where she won the 2011 ACC Championship, is already making her mark, after she qualified for the U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run on Thursday.
The 21-year-old posted rounds of 74-72 to take co-medalist honors in the two-day qualifier at Carolina Trace Country Club. While there will certainly be some butterflies when she tees it up in her first U.S. Women's Open as a pro, she should feel at ease knowing it won't be her first start on golf's biggest stage. Woods will actually make her pro debut next week after receiving a sponsor's exemption to the Wegmans LPGA Championship.
I.K. Kim says missed 1-foot putt at Dinah was 'a good lesson'
Time heals all wounds, even a missed 12-inch putt.
That's the takeaway from Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Joe Juliano's interview with I.K. Kim at the ShopRite LPGA Classic near Atlantic City this week. (Kim missed a putt from 12-inches to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship -- formerly known as the Dinah Shore -- in April, and lost in a playoff)
"A lot of people got shocked by the putt more than I did, I think," Kim said Thursday after completing her Pro-Am round in the ShopRite LPGA Classic. "They were more worried about me, how I was going to [react] after.
"But what has happened has happened for me. I just have to learn from it. I have so many good people around me who support me and keep my mind in the right position. I'm really enjoying playing golf. This is what I love to do. Sometimes golf is life. It's a good lesson, I think."
Kim admits she still finds it hard to believe that she missed the putt. She said it serves as a reminder that "you've got to take care of everything" and "you have to give your best" on every shot.
And, yes, "Things happen," she said.
Yup, things certainly do.
Tweet of the Day
On Golf Channel, @Graeme_McDowell says cell phones should NOT be banned. Says fans are there a long time, likes interactivity phones allow.— David Dusek (@DavidDusek) June 1, 2012