Phil Mickelson had a good day on the course and off it on Thursday.
While the sentimental favorite at Pinehurst shot an opening-round 70 (even) in his bid to win his first US Open, news broke that he had been cleared in the first of two insider-trading investigations, according to a report in The NY Times.
The Hall of Fame golfer had been investigated by FBI agents probing insider-trading allegations, which the five-time major champion had publicly denied, saying he had done "absolutely nothing wrong."
From the Times report:
The FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission analyzed 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, according to the Associated Press.