Phil Mickelson hits moving ball at U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson hits moving ball at U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson hits moving ball at U.S. Open

After racing his bogey putt past the hole, he bizarrely and inexplicably jogged down after his ball before putting it back up the hill while it was still rolling. Mickelson was penalized two strokes for hitting a moving ball and made a 10 on the hole, on his way to a third-round 81. "I've had multiple times where I've wanted to do that, I just finally did".

On his 48th birthday, Phil Mickelson endured a testing afternoon in the US Open at Shinnecock Hills.

It was a childish display from a five-time major victor celebrating his 48th birthday.

"Our rules committee unanimously decided that this situation is specifically and explicitly covered under Rule 14-5", explained John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of championships & governance for the USGA. Overall, Mickelson and the USGA were given a pass for an event that has arguably changed the rules of golf forever in a substantive and negative fashion, all to protect a superstar (as our president might say, "when you're a star, they let you do it").

"I didn't feel like going back and forth", he told reporters.

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Mickelson, who has been a runner-up at the US Open six times, descended into meltdown mode when he struck a putt while the ball was still moving.

Mickelson's playing partner, Andrew "Beef" Johnston, seemed to get a kick out of the whole thing.

However, 1995 US PGA Championship victor Elkington believes the USGA should have disqualified Mickelson, likely for a serious breach of rule 1-2, which states "a player must not take an action with the intent to influence the movement of a ball in play".

I'm going out on a limb here, but I predict that Mickelson won't win the tournament.

Look, I don't mean disrespect to anybody. "Just because I make a lot of birdies and I hit it with length and the putter can get hot". I know the rules and the ball was going to go off in a bad spot.

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"I've never seen anything like that from a world-class player in my life", unusual said.

No, this was Mickelson's attempt to be the smartest guy in golf once again. I took the two-shot penalty and moved on.

However you look at it, it was the kind of thing a 5-year-old does on a bad hole on a miniature golf course. "I've had it with the USGA and the way they run their tournaments".

"That can happen, [but] that's not what we operated under here, " Bodenamer said.

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