Fowler: PGA prez apologized for Valhalla


ATLANTA – In the fading light at last month’s PGA Championship, Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson teed off on the par-5 18th hole at Valhalla trailing eventual champion Rory McIlroy by two strokes.

In an attempt to complete the round, Fowler and Mickelson allowed McIIroy to tee off as they headed to their drives. That’s when things went sideways.

After hitting their second shots into the 18th hole, Fowler and Mickelson were informed by a PGA of America official that McIlroy would also be playing his second shot into the hole before they had completed play, a bizarre scenario considering the circumstances.

This week Fowler said he spoke with PGA president Ted Bishop about the incident.

“He apologized for the way it went down. It was a little unfortunate for a tournament to end like that with everyone being rushed,” Fowler said.

Fowler said Bishop also spoke with Mickelson about the incident and that he had been trading text messages with Bishop since the PGA, but wasn’t able to talk with him until this week.

“We were fine with them hitting their tee balls up, but we were not in a position where we were going to let them hit their approach shots,” Fowler said. “Will it ever happen again in a major championship? No.”