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Commentary: Course is painful for several pros

June 16, 2007

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Phil Mickelson reacts after chipping out of a bunker on the eighth fairway during the second round of the U.S. Open. Bothered by a bad wrist, Mickelson missed the cut Friday in Oakmont, Pa.

Phil Mickelson reacts after chipping out of a bunker on the eighth fairway during the second round of the U.S. Open. Bothered by a bad wrist, Mickelson missed the cut Friday in Oakmont, Pa.

— Curt Schilling's bloody sock phoned Phil Mickelson's wrist brace Friday to express its condolences.

It doesn't look as if Mickelson's injured wrist is going to gain the lofty status of Schilling's ankle or Michael Jordan's stomach or Willis Reed's thigh muscle on the list of heroic body parts.

But there really should be an exception made because those are wussy sports. This is golf. And this is U.S. Open golf at Oakmont Country Club, which Mickelson says translates into diabolical rough capable of swallowing its victims whole.

The rough is even evil during practice.

"It's absolutely dangerous," Mickelson said after shooting a 7-over 77 Friday and missing the cut by one stroke. "The first practice round Monday, (massage therapist) Jim Weathers had six other appointments with people who had hurt their ribs, their back, their wrists. It's dangerous. It really is."

If it were just Mickelson, I might be willing to let this slide. But when 15-year-old amateur Richard Lee hurt his wrist in the rough Friday and withdrew after 13 holes, I couldn't sit idly by.

Mickelson knew how he was going to spend the rest of Friday as he waited to find out if he had made the cut.

"Go watch the carnage on TV," he said.

A writer asked if he would be rooting for the carnage.

"I don't have to root for it," he said. "It's going to happen."

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