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'No disrespect': Phil Mickelson putts moving ball at US Open

18 June 2018, 01:24 | Susie Olson

'No disrespect': Phil Mickelson putts moving ball at US Open

Frustrated Mickelson swats moving ball with putter at Open

Phil Mickelson's apparent fit of pique led to a sextuple bogey 10 as the five-time major victor hit a moving ball with his putter in the third round of the US Open.

His fourth shot onto the putting surface came to rest 18 feet from the hole, and when his attempt at a bogey putt ran past the hole, Mickelson rushed over and hit his ball a second time before it came to rest. I've had multiple times where I've wanted to do that. Now it's time to see how he responds to the tough lies of Shinnecock Hills as he continues to chase his elusive US Open title.

Mickelson is celebrating his 48th birthday, and it's one he is sure to remember.

Some insisted that Mickelson's actions were against the spirit of the law and could be considered a "major breach" of the Rules of Golf, which result in disqualification.

It's the type of thing you'd see a stroppy youngster perform, frustrated at their putt not going into the hole. "I took the two-shot penalty, moved on, and there's not much more to say".

Phil Mickelson reacts to a shot from the fescue on the fifth hole during Saturday's third round of the U.S. Open.


Playing alongside Andrew "Beef" Johnston Saturday, Mickelson and his playing partner chuckled about the incident walking to the 14 tee.

I'm going out on a limb here, but I predict that Mickelson won't win the tournament. "I gladly take the two-shot penalty".

Two-time US Open champion Curtis Strange added: "He will feel some embarrassment because there are a lot of people and kids watching that really admire this guy". "I just finally did". Taking his two-shot penalty, the extremely unusual incident divided viewers between those who condemned the action, and those who saw the amusing side of it.

But it's nothing disrespectful to me or to the U.S. Open or anything. "He's putted bad enough that I think he just snapped at how bad his speed was on that putt". And Phil Mickelson is well aware.

"It's something you might see at your home course with your mates or something", Johnston said.

"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", former U.S. Golf Association executive director David Fay said.



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