Strange week done, Mickelson works toward US Open

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 1, 2014 at 3:16 pm •  Published: June 1, 2014
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DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Phil Mickelson ended a peculiar week at the Memorial on Sunday. He had one round under par, one visit from FBI agents and lingering questions about in insider trading investigation that he says he won't discuss until it's over.

One day after Mickelson said he had done "absolutely nothing wrong" in the trading probe, he closed with a 1-over 73. Mickelson was so far out of contention that he finished his final round about the time the leaders were starting.

"From a golf standpoint, it wasn't a bad week, as far as I started to hit the ball well," Mickelson said.

A federal official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press the FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission are analyzing trades Mickelson and Las Vegas gambler Billy Walters made involving Clorox at the same time activist investor Carl Icahn was attempting to take over the company. When Icahn's intent became public, the stock price jumped.

Mickelson said the investigating was not a distraction "until Thursday," when FBI agents approached him after his opening round at Muirfield Village. It was not clear if they met him at the golf course or off property.

The five-time major champion made it clear that his schedule would not change. He is playing the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee, next week before he goes to Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina for the U.S. Open. Mickelson was a runner-up at Pinehurst in 1999. He needs to win the U.S. Open to become only the sixth player to capture golf's four major championships.

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