Mickelson not taking cheating accusation lightly


SAN DIEGO (AP)—Phil Mickelson is upset about being “publicly slandered” withaccusations of cheating. He is suggesting that unless the U.S. PGA Tour stepsin, he might let others handle it.

Mickelson did not mention Scott McCarron by name in his interviews onSaturday at the Farmers Insurance Open. It was McCarron who was quoted in TheSan Francisco Chronicle as saying about Mickelson using the Ping-Eye 2 wedge,“It’s cheating, and I’m appalled Phil has put it in play.”

Mickelson says he expects the Ping wedges with square grooves, which areapproved because of a legal settlement, to be a topic of discussion. But he sayswhen it leads to a player being slandered, the tour needs to step in—“orsomeone else.”

Asked if he was considering a lawsuit, Mickelson declined to get intospecifics.

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