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Mickelson Steps Out of Character at U.S. Open

17 June, 2018, 01:57 | Author: Lula Armstrong

Phil Mickelson's 48th birthday took a freaky twist on Saturday as he was penalised for deliberately hitting a moving ball in the third round of the US Open.

When it was all said and done, Mickelson was assessed a two-stroke penalty for hitting the ball while still in play, forcing him to walk away with a 10.

His second shot didn't even go in.

Mickelson insisted that he was well aware of the rules and that he knew a two shot penalty was coming his way for his indiscretion. He hit his third back over the green on the other side and finally got on in four.

After seeing a chip run off the edge of the green, Mickelson's fifth shot was heading off the green again until he jogged to his ball and knocked it back towards the cup while it was still moving.


Mickelson later said he did not mean the shot to be disrespectful, saying there was "no question" the ball was going to roll off the green, and he made a decision to take the penalty rather than the alternative. "I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display".

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

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

Mickelson began the day six over par and was greeted by an adoring NY crowd singing happy birthday and cheering him around the course. I can't see anything and I went, 'Where is it?' And he went, 'It's just in that bunker up there.' I go, 'Ah, you gotta be kidding me!' He's like, "Aaaah!" I have had multiple times where I've wanted to do that. He had those four consecutive bogeys before a par at the 12th.

Asked whether he thought his actions were disrespectful, Mickelson added: "It was meant to take advantage of the rules as best as you can".

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