Phil Mickelson apologizes for putting a moving ball at US Open

Phil Mickelson apologizes for putting a moving ball at US Open

Phil Mickelson apologizes for putting a moving ball at US Open

"I know it's a two-shot penalty hitting a moving ball; it's my understanding of the rules".

Australian major victor Elkington joined a chorus of former players and fans calling for five-time major victor Mickelson to be disqualified from the Shinnecock Hills event in NY after his freakish meltdown. "Back where I come from we call that weeds", Bubba Watson said.

Playing partner Andrew "Beef" Johnston laughed off the incident as "a moment of madness".

Mickelson, 48, has finished second in the U.S. Open a record six times. But the USGA, which runs the U.S. Open, determined that the two-stroke penalty was enough punishment, and Mickelson completed the tournament Sunday with a 69, finishing in a tie for 48th place.

He missed that putt as well and then tapped in for a 10 with the penalty he had to take, putting him at 10-over for the day and in a position where he's going to have some explaining to do.

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Mickelson, a five-time major champion on the PGA Tour, was on the 13th green when he hit his bogey putt past the hole.

"As the governing body, and we jointly write the rules with the R&A, the last thing the USGA would want to do is not apply the rules as they're written", Davis said.

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"No question it was going to go down in the same spot behind the bunker, I wasn't going to have a shot", he said.

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Mickelson added again that he meant no disrespect to the tournament and hinted that it was more to save people from watching him struggle. I've had multiple times where I've wanted to do that. He needed two more putts to get down from there.

"That's where we clarified that, Phil, you actually made a stroke at a moving ball, and so we have to apply that rule (14-5)".

"But it's nothing disrespectful to me or to the U.S. Open or anything. His score for the hole was 10".

"Sometimes it gets a little goofy, sure", he said, "but it's all within the rules".

The current World No. 9 told Golf Channel he was disappointed with what he saw on Saturday, and the USGA is to blame. Mickelson took a two stroke penalty before eventually making the shot. While they properly saturated the course and made the greens much more receptive, the pin placements on Sunday left something to be desired and seemed more like practice round placements than final round of the U.S. Open placements.

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"It was very uncharacteristic", she said.

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