I don't mean any disrespect, says Phil Mickelson after hitting moving ball

Sherman Parsons
June 17, 2018

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.

Phil Mickelson incurred a two-shot penalty for opting to hit his ball while it was still moving in a freakish incident that led to a sextuple-bogey 10. "I know it is a two-shot penalty". I did not feel like continuing going back and forth.

That was a 2-stroke penalty and Mickelson ended up with a 9 on the hole. I've had multiple times where I have wanted to do that, I just finally did it.

"I think it's just one of them moments when you're not thinking about it, it just happens and he did it", said the burly Englishman, whose nickname is "Beef".

'It was going to go down in the same spot behind the bunker. "I'll gladly take my two strokes and move on".

And I don't know if I would have been able to save a shot or whatnot. He was crucified for hitting the ball while it was moving, but he might have made the smart play. I think I four-putted [No.] 15 and I mean the first putt is probably two foot away from being a good putt, ya know? And as it released and went through, I thought, 'Wow, that is seriously quick'.

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USGA executive director Mike Davis revealed that he had been contacted by Mickelson to clarify the ruling, although he did not confirm rumours the six-time US Open runner-up had offered to withdraw. "I said, 'I'm sorry, but I've got to laugh at this"'.

Shinnecock Hills has been ripping apart the world's best players all week and it all must have just gotten to Mickelson. "I've had an awesome day". "Singing happy birthdays, wishing happy birthday".

"People here have been awesome, they made my birthday special", he said. Dustin Johnson, who tees off at 3:10 p.m. today, has a strong lead at four-under, the only player under par.

This is one of the more surprising things you'll see.

"If someone is offended I apologise, but toughen up".

In the last 22 groups on Saturday, no one even matched par-70 on the treacherous layout. "We are operating under what we saw".

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