Danny Lee offered a mea culpa on Tuesday following his meltdown during the 120th U.S. Open in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Lee extended his apology over social media on the heels of his quintuple-bogey 9 on the 18th hole to complete the third round of the tournament. Lee accentuated his six-putt fiasco by nonchalantly paddling the ball until it went into the hole.
Lee, 30, promptly withdrew from the tournament at Winged Foot, citing a wrist injury.
“I apologize for my poor actions at U.S. Open last week. It was very unprofessional and foolish. obviously hurt lots of my fans and followers and my sponsors out there,” Lee wrote on Twitter. “… my frustration took over me and combined with injury I had to fight with it for all week.
“Still it’s just an excuse. I shouldn’t left like that… and also like to apologize to USGA they did Tremendous job last week at Winged Foot. On the course and off the course. Now I’m going to take some time off and think about what I did and starting next time I’ll show up as a better person and have better sportsmanship. Thank you.”
The horror show began innocently enough for Lee, who prepared for a 4-foot par putt before the bottom fell out.
His first attempt rolled to the left of the hole before misfiring on his next attempt, this time from 5 feet, 7 inches away, per the U.S. Open website.
Lee appeared to let his frustration get the better of him as he swiped at the ball from one side of the hole to the other before finally sinking a putt from 7 feet, 7 inches away.