Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Phil Mickelson purposely putts moving ball at US Open

Phil Mickelson purposely putts moving ball at US Open

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.

The veteran American struggled throughout his round, though risked disqualification when he struck a moving ball to score a 10 on the par-four 13 hole - though officials deemed it was just a two-shot penalty.

Having raced his first putt well past the hole, Mickelson - who "celebrated" his 48th birthday on Saturday - ran after it and struck his second one back up the hill before it had come to a standstill. "I know it is a two-shot penalty. Sometimes in these situations, it's just easier to take the 2 shots and move on". "John Daly's reputation took a hit after what he did at Pinehurst in '99, and I fear it will be the same for Phil", said former US Golf Association executive director David Fay. It's just simply I just wanted to get on to the next hole and I didn't see that happening at the time. But the USGA told him that wouldn't be necessary, and Mickelson played his final round on Sunday just hours after one of the strangest moments in recent major championship history.

"But then that would still look pretty amusing too if you're able to hit the putt, goes off the green wherever it may go, bunker or down wherever, and you take an unplayable and put it back". It's a risk. I could have maybe hit a shot and somehow made the putt. "That would have saved me a shot or two back then".

"It's meant to take advantage of the rules the best you can". I've believed that since we were 20 years old.

Although the USGA kind of put their hands up and admitted that the course got out of control, they never said sorry for it. But I responded well every day.

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

Whether some of the fans knew of the mishap or not, there were number of them looking for autographs once Mickelson did his interviews, both for Fox and the throng of reporters just outside the clubhouse.

Australian major victor Elkington joined a chorus of former players and fans calling for five-time major victor Mickelson to be disqualified from the Shinnecock Hills event in NY after his weird meltdown.

"It's something you might see at your home course with your mates or something", Andrew Johnston said. "Golf is a game of skill, and also integrity", said a Boston-area golfer, 56, who saw the Mickelson meltdown.

He then two-putted for 10, with the penalty.

"I feel like they've kept it on the correct side".

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