After Mickelson’s approach landed on the 18th green, spectators scrambled past the ropes, marshals and safety at the Ocean Course, quickly swarming through competitors as they played the 72nd hole.
Waugh said Monday that the organization regrets that the scene “made two players and their cadets vulnerable.”
Waugh’s statement, posted on social media, said the accusation came “from a moment of great joy and pent-up emotion by onlookers” and overwhelmed security.
Mickelson, 50, completed the victory, becoming the oldest player to win a major title. Koepka tied for second with Louis Oosthuizen.
Mickelson said the scene “was a bit annoying, but it was also exceptionally great. “
Koepka said his surgically repaired right knee was hit by people as he tried to break through the crowd.
Koepka wondered if anyone had intentionally tried to hurt her. “I don’t know, I sensed that someone had tried to…” he said, interrupting his thought. “I don’t know what the deal was, but it is. “
Waugh said player safety is a primary focus and he is happy that order has been restored. Fans circled the final green and celebrated Mickelson’s victory.