'Disgraceful!' 'Think about the kids.' Phil Mickelson made golf media irate with his U.S. Open stunt.
1. The golf world was turned upside down Saturday afternoon when Phil Mickelson got frustrated and decided to hit his golf ball while it was still moving on the 13th green. Some fans and many in the sports media world were outraged. Absolutely outraged. That meant one thing: A bevy of steaming hot takes flying around the Internet with no regard for human life. Golf writers were salty that Lefty would commit such a dastardly crime. Writers and others in the sports world were trying to wrap their brains around such a national tragedy and the result was an ongoing barrage of takes that were impossible to keep up with.
But, fear not. Traina Thoughts is here for you. We've power ranked eight of the hottest hot takes on Mickelson's behavior. If you disagree with the rankings in any way, hit me up on Twitter and let me know your take.
#8: Brian Keogh, Independent.ie
#7: Lee Fitting, ESPN Vice President of college sports
Disgraceful move by Phil Mickelson. Embarrassment to the game. Thought he was better than that. Bush league.— Lee Fitting (@leefitting) June 16, 2018
#6: Michael Bamberger, Golf.com
#4: John Hopkins, FOX
#3: Randall Mell, Golf Channel
#2: Ian O'Connor, ESPN
On his birthday, Phil Mickelson just made a mockery of the U.S. Open. I suggest that the same USGA suits that hounded Dustin Johnson at Oakmont ask the birthday boy to please leave the course.— Ian O'Connor (@Ian_OConnor) June 16, 2018
#1: Andy North, ESPN
Andy North on ESPN saying Mickelson did “damage” to the millions of kids who look up to him by putting a live ball has to be top 5 overreactions ever— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) June 17, 2018
When you play the "think of the kids" card, you automatically get top billing. Fitting might have been the most angry, but he just sent a tweet. He didn't write an entire column, so he couldn't be ranked lower. Props to Bamberger for the middle finger analogy. Hopkins called Mickelson a "chump" and "silly ass," but he did it too calmly to be ranked in the Top 3. Mell made a strong case for No. 1 since he claimed Mickelson ruined all of golf, but that still can't top the "what about the children" take.
BONUS: Not a hot take, but noteworthy, nonetheless.
Trying to think of the "other sports" equivalent to what Phil did today so you non-golf fans can contextualize it. I think it would be Kobe, in the midst of going 10-of-32, taking off one of his shoes and throwing it at Ray Allen on a breakaway.— Kevin Van Valkenburg (@KVanValkenburg) June 16, 2018
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