PGA apologizes to Mickelson, Koepka for followers on last gap

PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh has apologized to winner Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka for followers speeding onto the 18th gap on the PGA Championship on Sunday

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh has apologized to winner Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka for followers speeding onto the 18th gap on the PGA Championship on Sunday.

After Mickelson’s method landed on the 18th inexperienced, spectators rushed previous the ropes, marshals and safety on the Ocean Course, rapidly swarming the rivals as they performed the 72nd gap.

Waugh stated Monday the group regretted that the scene “made two gamers and their caddies really feel susceptible.”

Waugh’s assertion, launched on social media, stated the cost got here from “a second of excessive elation and pent-up emotion by spectators” and overwhelmed safety.

The 50-year-old Mickelson completed off the victory, changing into the oldest participant to win a serious title. Koepka tied for second with Louis Oosthuizen.

Mickelson stated the scene “was somewhat bit unnerving, however it was exceptionally superior, too.”

Koepka stated his surgically repaired proper knee obtained hit by individuals as he tried to interrupt by way of the group.

Koepka questioned if somebody purposely tried to harm him. “I don’t know, it felt someone tried to …” he stated, reducing off his thought. “I don’t know what the deal was, however it’s what it’s.”

Waugh stated participant security is a chief purpose and he was glad order was restored. Followers circled the ultimate inexperienced and celebrated when Mickelson completed off the win.

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