Phil Mickelson hits moving ball with putter at US Open

Phil Mickelson makes the cut but not the way you would expect

Mickelson faced an 18-foot downhill putt for bogey, and when he missed his ball continued rolling down the green and, likely, off it. Mickelson jogged up to the ball and hit it back toward the hole before it had stopped moving, an obvious breach of the rules. But ultimately, Mickelson carded a sextuple bogey - eight actual strokes at the ball, plus two extra for the penalty.

Speaking in the wake of this stand out moment, Mickelson failed to bring viewers together from their rivaling positions.

Asked if people would find his actions on No. 13 disrespectful, Mickelson said: "It's meant to take advantage of the rules as best as you can". "The last time I saw something like that was John Daly at the '99 [U.S.] Open at Pinehurst".

Although as many more are happy going along with this more light-hearted, tactful approach.

With his ball about to roll down the slope, Lefty ran to his ball ... as it was moving ... and just gave it a whack back towards the cup, obviously missing, and then just marked his ball like nothing had happened.




Phil Mickelson reacts to a shot from the fescue on the fifth hole during Saturday's third round of the U.S. Open. I took the 2-shot penalty and moved on.

That was a 2-stroke penalty and Mickelson ended up with a 9 on the hole.

"That's the most out-of-character I've ever seen Phil Mickelson", said analyst Paul Azinger.

Phil Mickelson of the United States plays a shot during practice rounds prior to THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 8, 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. In that situation, I was just going back and forth.

And just in case you didn't understand, he added the following while speaking to reporters: "If somebody's offended by that, I apologize".

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