GULLANE, Scotland —
If it’s any consolation, Colsaerts wasn’t alone. Zach Johnson three-putted from 10 feet, a putt from Billy Horschel went 30 feet when it was supposed to go only 15, and player after player walked off the green shaking their heads in amazement.
“Obviously, 15 was a bit of carnage, when I’m trying to two-putt from 10 feet,” Johnson said. “That was just not easy.”
Ian Poulter was happy just to get down in two on the green, where the hole was cut on a slope that was exposed to the wind.
“I managed to two-putt it, so I’m over the moon,” Poulter said.
Mickelson backs off: A day after he took British Open organizers to task for the setup at Muirfield, Phil Mickelson had a change of heart.
That came despite shooting a 74 that included a four-putt on the 16th hole, where Mickelson took three putts from inside 4 feet.
“When I made those comments yesterday, I wasn’t being totally fair to the R&A because they’ve done a lot of things great this championship,” Mickelson said. “The fairway width is a very fair width to get the ball in play. The rough is difficult and challenging, but it’s not over the top. It’s very fair in spots.”
Mickelson said a day earlier that some of the greens were unfair because of the speed of the course and the pin positions.
“For me to single out just a few sketchy pin placements and not give them credit for all the good things they’ve done was not fair,” he said.