Mickelson: Fan 'didn't have any effect'

4/13/2009 - Golf Phil Mickelson Tiger Woods + more

A fan who slipped under the ropes Sunday and into a bunker next to the 17th green at Augusta National didn't bother Phil Mickelson as he tried to rally at the Masters.

Mickelson, who finished three shots behind winner Angel Cabrera, said he thought at the time he could even use the distraction to his advantage, despite his miss on a 5-foot putt.

"I thought it might even help me," the 2004 Masters champion said. "But it didn't have any effect."

According to The Augusta Chronicle, Masters security sought to confiscate the grounds badge of Steven T. Davis, 34, of Salt Lake City, but he said the badge fell off when he was in the bunker.

"I apologize," Davis said as he was taken away, likely to the Richmond County jail to face a disorderly conduct charge, according to the newspaper. "I'm stupid. I hope Phil wins. That was dumb. Why did I do that?"