Mickelson hits moving ball, incurs 2-shot penalty

Mickelson didn't stop to talk to the media Sunday, however, his wife Amy revealed a conversation that the five-time major champion had with USGA CEO Mike Davis. "He made a stroke at a moving ball, which is explicitly covered under 14-5".

As he's still on the golf course at the time of this writing, Mickelson hasn't yet spoken on the matter but word from the FOX broadcast is that he took the penalty on objective in protest of the pin placements and the setup in general, a setup that he actually said he enjoyed earlier in the week. From just over 18 feet, he hit his bogey effort well past the hole and then went John Daly on everyone. Under Rule 1-2, the blue coats could have deemed that Mickelson's shenanigans gave him "a significant advantage", resulting in disqualification. "It's amusing. I just wanted to get to the next hole and did not see that happening without the two shots".

"I gladly take the two shots over continuing that display".

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

His wife, Amy, claimed in an interview with Golfweek that he offered to withdraw, although Davis would not confirm that as he defended the USGA's decision to impose a two-shot penalty under Rule 14-5 for "making a stroke at a moving ball". What do you say to those people that love you so much, follow you?

Mickelson's bogey putt at Shinnecock Hills' par-four 13th skated past the cup and was heading down a slope when he trotted after it and batted it back toward the hole with his putter.

He could have been disqualified, however, had rules officials deemed it a serious breach of another rule that states "a player must not take an action with the intent to influence the movement of a ball in play".

Mickelson was having a miserable time before reaching 13.

Also inexplicably, Mickelson walked away from the green with playing partner Andrew "Beef" Johnston smiling.

"I've never seen anything like it".

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"That can happen, [but] that's not what we operated under here, " Bodenamer said.

In contrast to Mickelson's comments, Johnson concluded that the American had just snapped. "It was odd, no one ever has those thoughts, it just happens".

"If you don't laugh you'll end up going insane".

Phil Mickelson appeared to have a moment of madness during Saturday's U.S. Open action.

Mickelson, 48, was already 10-over at the point.

Whatever it was, the Fox television analysts were stunned.

CURTIS STRANGE: Does it show disrespect to the Championship? He played a moving ball.

It was just one more surreal moment in the career of Phil Mickelson. Mickelson's explanation was another.

"That's good spin", he said.

He signed for an 11-over-par 81 and a 17-over total.

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