"I have done absolutely nothing wrong," Mickelson said in the clubhouse at Muirfield Village. "And that's why I've been fully cooperating with the FBI agents, and I'm happy to do so in the future, too, until this gets resolved.

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(USA Today) DUBLIN, Ohio – Following an even-par 72 Saturday in the third round of The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, Phil Mickelson reiterated he has done nothing wrong and has cooperated in an insider trading probe involving him, billionaire investor Carl Icahn and Las Vegas gambler Billy Walters.

"I have done absolutely nothing wrong," Mickelson said in the clubhouse at Muirfield Village. "And that's why I've been fully cooperating with the FBI agents, and I'm happy to do so in the future, too, until this gets resolved.

"And hopefully it will be soon, but for right now I can't really talk much about it. … I don't want to say anything more than that. But I've got no problem cooperating. I've been cooperating and I've done nothing wrong."

According to a story published on the Wall Street Journal website Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating whether Mickelson and Walters illegally traded on nonpublic information they allegedly obtained from Icahn about his investments in public companies.

"We do not know of any investigation," Icahn told the Journal Friday. "We are always very careful to observe all legal requirements in all of our activities." The suggestion that he was involved in improper trading, he said, was "inflammatory and speculative."

Mickelson said the investigation had not been a distraction until Thursday, when two FBI agents approached him near the clubhouse locker room following his first round. Mickelson told them to speak to his attorney.

Mickelson said the investigation, however, will not be a distraction as he moved forward with his eye on the U.S. Open in two weeks. Mickelson needs to win a U.S. Open to complete the career grand slam. He has a record six runner-up finishes in the national championship.

"I think that as a player you have to be able to block out whatever is going on off the golf course and be able to focus on the golf course," said Mickelson, who added he didn't even think about withdrawing. "And it's not going to change the way I carry myself. Honestly, I've done nothing wrong. I'm not going to walk around any other way."

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