According PGA.com, Mickelson and other golfers took issue with the multitude of fans using their cellphones to take pictures while on the course. So logically, Mickelson decided to pull out his cellphone and send a text message to PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem while on the course.
The issue at Memorial was cellphones, which contributed to Phil Mickelson withdrawing after an opening round of 79. Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler mentioned the vast number of fans taking pictures with their phones, to the point players had to back off their shots.
Mickelson is not afraid to send a message to the tour — in this case, literally.
According to four people with direct knowledge, Mickelson sent a text message to PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem from the sixth fairway at Muirfield Village suggesting that a lack of policing fans with cellphones was getting out of hand.
Mickelson withdrawing for what he called “mental fatigue” is not a tour violation. Players can withdraw for any reason after completing a round. Using a phone to send the commissioner a text is another matter, though the tour doesn’t disclose any disciplinary actions.
If nothing else, one official said it got the tour’s attention.
Yes, there’s an issue with cellphone use amongst fans. But you don’t help matter when we hear that you too had your cell phone with you the course.