Phil Mickelson will not use the Ping Eye2 wedge, with square grooves, this week at Riviera in Los Angeles. He said "My point has been made" about the "ridiculous rule change."
Square grooves are banned this year, but the Eye2 irons are grandfathered in because of a previous court ruling. Mickelson used it last week and was accused of "cheating" by fellow pro Scott McCarron. Mickeson said at a news conference today that McCarron "came up and sincerely apologized."
"We all make mistakes and say things we'd like to take back," Mickelson said. "I've done that a bunch in my career."
Mickelson didn't mention the USGA by name, but his criticism seemed aimed squarely at that governing body, which made the square grooves ruling. He said that he has too much respect for his fellow Tour players, who were emphatically supportive last year when his wife Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer, to use a club that would give him an advantage. But he used it to make a point that he found the ruling unfair. Tour observers say Mickelson is upset that the company he represents, Callaway, had a club rejected by the USGA even though it has conforming grooves on the clubface.
As for the way rules on equipment are made, he said, "This has got to change."