Frustrated Phil Mickelson swats moving ball with putter at US Open

Phil Mickelson insisted he did not disrespect the sport of golf or the US Open after he putted a moving ball in the third round.

We all know by now what happened to Phil Mickelson on Saturday at Shinnecock Hills' par-4 13th.

On Sunday, Mickelson returned to the 13th green and found a way to make fun of himself. 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 think he just snapped".

Shinnecock Hills has been ripping apart the world's best players all week and it all must have just gotten to Mickelson.

Mickelson has finished runner-up a record six times in the US Open, the last major he needs to complete the set of all four of golf's big titles.

It's the type of thing you'd see a stroppy youngster perform, frustrated at their putt not going into the hole.

"He could have saved himself a shot by just letting it go and taking unplayable, but then that would still look pretty amusing too", he said. Instead of letting it continue, Mickelson jogged over and hit the ball while it was still moving.




As he walked off the green, he could be seen smiling and talking to playing partner Andrew Johnston, who also was smiling. I tried to hit it as close as I could on the next one, and you take the two shots and move on'.

Mickelson is one of the professional tour's most loved golfers, the US Golf Association (USGA) will now weigh up if his actions warrant disqualification from the tournament.

"I didn't want to continue my (putting) display and I gladly took the two-shot penalty and moved on", he said.

Major champions Curtis Strange and Paul Azinger were equally astonished.

"It's certainly not meant that way", he said. Sorry, I have to laugh at this.' He just laughed with me. It's one of the funniest things I ever seen.' I said to him, 'I've never seen anything like it'. It's a two-shot penalty on top of the score, so it ends up being a nine, and as of now it's on the scorecard as a such. "It was just a moment of madness but nothing disrespectful", the Briton said.

Phil Mickelson knows the rules of golf as well as anyone. It's something you might see at our home course with your mates or something.

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

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