Mickelson three putted the 18th to slip to two under and said: "No 8 New Balance Minimus Zero V2
But R chief executive Peter Dawson insisted the course was "far from unplayable", although he admitted the comments from the players would be taken on board.
is probably the worst one that you'll see. The ball won't stop until it collects in a little level area about eight feet away.
strategy as much as anything.
"Hopefully the R will let go of their ego and set it up reasonable on Friday, but you just never know."
Former champion Stewart Cink also wrote on Twitter: "Muirfield greens really baking out in the sun. Keep an eye on 8, 9, and 16 18. Overall the greens are the fastest I've seen in the Open."
Poulter dropped four shots in the last five holes to return a disappointing 72 before lambasting the R for some "joke" pin placements, while New Balance Burgundy Women
Speaking to reporters afterwards, he added: "It was disappointing I hit some great shots today and did not get my reward.
Mickelson urged the New Balance J Crew Butterscotch tournament officials to "let go of their ego" after he fired a 69.
Difficult"Very difficult conditions and playing early gave us at least a fighting chance. Hopefully the R will let go of their ego and set it up reasonable on Friday, but you just never know."
´╗┐Ian Poulter and Phil Mickelson critical of Muirfield set
The recent spell of hot weather has led to fast, hard fairways and even slicker greens at the East Lothian links, but the likes of Ian Poulter and Phil Mickelson felt the course was dangerously close to being out of control.
"We do have some fantastic weather," he said. "We have the conditions here we really like to have, hard, fast, running conditions and we've set up the course to test the players' course management New Balance 360
On his Twitter account, Poulter wrote: "Unfortunately the guys this afternoon will struggle with a few pin positions. 8th hole is a joke, 18th needs a windmill clown face."
"The pins were very close to the mark. The pins on the eighth and 18th holes are so tough. I think the organisers did it because they were afraid of someone tearing up the course in the conditions."
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