Phil Mickelson incurs freaky penalty for hitting moving ball at US Open

Phil Mickelson incurs freaky penalty for hitting moving ball at US Open

Phil Mickelson incurs freaky penalty for hitting moving ball at US Open

Phil Mickelson's frustrations are getting the best of him at the U.S. Open to the point he hit a moving ball with his putter in the third round on Saturday in Southampton, N.Y.

"I've had multiple times where I've wanted to do that, " Mickelson said, explaining he preferred the two-stroke penalty to having to play the ball from off the green.

It was a childish display from a five-time major victor celebrating his 48th birthday. There was actually some chatter about Mickelson being disqualified based on Rule 33-7 or Rule 1-2; however, the USGA made a decision to penalize him under Rule 14-5 and not Rule 1-2 because Mickelson did not deflect or stop the ball. Not only did he struggle putting, but he also cost himself two strokes by chasing down a missed putt and taking another shot before the ball stopped moving. The 5-time major champion then struck the ball back at the hole, saw it lip out, then marked it before playing his next shot. As a result, he incurred a two-stroke penalty for a breach of Rule 14-5.

Mickelson, who turned 48 years old Saturday, may have damaged his reputation for some avid fans after his moment of annoyance. Add them all up, and Mickelson walked away with a 10 on the par 4.


"I think he just snapped". You can see the video below.

"I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display." he said when asked about it by Curtis Strange of Fox.

The most recent time something like this happened at a major tournament was John Daly at the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, when he hit a moving ball on the green en route to an 83 and a dead-last finish.

According to ESPN, that matched his worst score on a U.S. Open hole as a professional and set a career record for worst score relative to par at the U.S. Open as a pro.

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