Apart from his imposing game, Phil Mickelson is also known for his friendly nature. While on the golf course, the left player is often spotted sharing laughter and having moments of joy with his fellow players. While down memory lane, he did something similar during the 2014 PGA Championship. However, unlike the other guys, he doesn’t seem to be going well with Rory McIlroy.

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The Irishman won the championship. However, revisiting the last moments, one can recall that the tournament ended in controversy. McIlroy, who played a double with Bernd Weisberger, managed to take two shots for an 18th place finish in the final round. After the tee, an official went up to the pair, asking permission to have Mickelson and Reckitt Fowler’s pursuit group play with them.

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The proposal left the two groups in severe misunderstanding. While Mickelson thought the duo would bump into their engines, McIlroy, on the other hand, realized they would all play a quad.

Heading towards the end, McIlroy, eyeing his fourth major title, looked like he’s in an intense space. However, on the other hand, Mickelson and Fowler seemed to be having a good time. Although the former world number one won the championship, Mickelson and Fowler’s behavior left him upset.

Rory McIlroy invites Phil Mickelson and Ricky Fowler to have a good time

Two years later, McIlroy plunged into a conversation with the famous journalist David Ferti. During the conversation, he revisited the 2014 PGA Championship, revealing the reason behind his frustration.

“I saw in the front nine that they were starting to fist each other and they started raising each other’s level, and that kind of annoyed me,” McIlroy started. “It’s like you two are trying to win a major, and I know I wouldn’t do that in a major. I’m trying to hit you, I’m not going to start hitting you with a fist and frustrating you. I want him to hit you.”

Mickelson and Fowler enjoyed a celebratory time at Valhalla Golf Club. However, their cheerful attitude seemed to have paved the way for their downfall. Moving forward with the conversation, McIlroy opened up about how friends’ celebrations cemented Mickelson Fowler’s championship win.

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“I was on a mission,” Confirmed Grand Slam winner 4 times. “(What Phil and Ricky did) kind of bothered me. So I had this thing in my head, I’m going to catch you and I’m going to hit you. Luckily I was able to do that.”

Looking at McIlroy’s aura, his words didn’t take long to spread across the golf world. Although the golf community voiced their views on the incident, Mickelson and Fowler declined to comment on the same.

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8 years after the accident, the three continue on their path to success. While Mickelson is now a LIV Golf player, McIlroy and Fowler continue to shine in the DP World and PGA Tour.

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