Phil Mickelson loses the plot at US Open after putt goes wrong

Phil Mickelson’s frustration boils over in shocking rule breach

Phil Mickelson’s frustration boils over in shocking rule breach

Saturday is always considered "Moving Day" at a golf tournament but Phil Mickelson took that phrase a little too far during his third round at the U.S. Open.

Mickelson-who struggled mightily at Shinnecock Hills, shooting 16 over for the tournament-appeared to let his frustrations get the best of him on the 13th when his bogey putt slid past the hole and was on the verge of sliding off the green.

Mickelson walked off the green with an 8 for the hole, and was then told by a rules official that he would be assessed a two-shot penalty for playing a moving ball. He took the two-stroke penalty to avoid watching that ball keep rolling.

Guess what: He was back the next year at Pebble Beach, where he pumped three shots into the Pacific Ocean on the famed 18th and hit another shot into someone's backyard.

Former Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, labelled the incident "comical" and suggested Mickelson was "very lucky" to be handed "the softer option" of the two-shot penalty over potential disqualification.

"Phil really did want to understand how the rule operates because he didn't want to - frankly, as he said to me: 'I don't want to play in this championship if I should have been disqualified, '" said Mike Davis, the USGA's chief executive. In that situation, I was just going back and forth.

"No question, it was going to go down in the same spot behind the bunker", he added. I wasn't going to have a shot.

Mickelson said he knew the ruling was in his favour when he struck the ball, which could have left him a near impossible pitch shot.

John Bodenhamer of the US Golf Association said Mickelson was penalized two strokes for violating rule 14-5 by "making a stroke at a moving ball". He might have been disqualified had they applied Rule 1-2, about purposefully striking a moving ball to gain significant advantage.

Mickelson's day had been a slog until the 13th, with five bogeys following his lone birdie at the fourth hole. Dustin Johnson, who tees off at 3:10 p.m. today, has a strong lead at four-under, the only player under par. All Mickelson did was play the system because it allowed him to.

Daly was roundly criticized for what he did, as was Mickelson, although Mickelson had to absorb the wrath of Twitter amid dozens of replays shown on the Fox telecast.

I am a paying member of the USGA. "Shinnecock Hills is handsome but unfortunately they've lost the golf course". It's something you might see on your home course with your mates.

Mickelson's 81 matched his highest score in 101 U.S. Open rounds, this his 27th U.S. Open.

Saturday, the total draw to the property should be well above that. He needed two more putts to get down from there.

I am also a USGA critic.

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