Phil Mickelson Hits Moving Ball Out of Frustration at U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson’s frustration boils over in shocking rule breach

Whether he ever wins a U.S. Open - and that prospect is increasingly bleak at age 48 - Phil Mickelson will be remembered for what happened on the 13th green at Shinnecock Hills on Saturday.

Phil Mickelson did not have a good Saturday at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in NY. However, because he hit a moving ball, Mickelson was assessed a two-stroke penalty.

"I don't mean disrespect to anybody", Mickelson said after his round.

It meant an automatic two-shot penalty and he ended up with a 10 for the hole.

"If I can shoot that or anybody who just made the cut, I think there's potential", he said.

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Instead, in a surprising post-round interview, the American claimed that his decision to putt his moving ball back up the green was indeed a deliberate action. He carded a 10 on the hole for a 5 over par.

It dropped the veteran left-hander to 16 over for the tournament, 20 shots adrift of leader Dustin Johnson. I know the rules and the ball was going to go off in a bad spot. In fairness to Mickelson, the best aren't immune to a brain freeze or a meltdown and he'll surely put his act down to something like that. "I've had it with the USGA and the way they run their tournaments".

But four bogeys in a row from the eighth had virtually put paid to any kind of comeback over the weekend before the freaky scene on 13.

Mickelson has had a frustrating weekend at Shinnecock Hills, one of the more reviled major courses among pros.

"And then once it gets to the pin, it goes away, so I don't want to go past, and I'm just leaving everything short. I've had multiple times where I've wanted to do that, I just finally did".

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