I can't believe what I just saw Phil Mickelson do at the U.S. Open.
Mickelson has had a frustrating weekend at Shinnecock Hills, one of the more reviled major courses among pros.
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A loophole that some will consider against the general ethos of the game, Mickelson confirmed that there were "multiple times he wanted to do it" before today's incident on the 13th. 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. "I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display". "But it was just a moment - I think it's just a moment of madness". But ultimately, Mickelson carded a sextuple bogey - eight actual strokes at the ball, plus two extra for the penalty.
Butch Harmon, speaking on Sky Sports was amazed at Phil's reaction, and a host of golfing fans felt it was a disrespectful attitude for Phil to have.
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Phil Mickelson reacts to a shot from the fescue on the fifth hole during the third round of the U.S. Open.
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'At that time, I just didn't feel like going back and forth and hitting the same shot over. I wasn't going to have a shot. "I've had an awesome day". He was serenaded with "Happy Birthday" at almost every green, and even after four consecutive bogeys the fans were supportive. "I've had it with the USGA and the way they run their tournaments". Instead of letting it continue, Mickelson jogged over and hit the ball while it was still moving. A round that began with fans singing "Happy Birthday" to Mickelson as he walked down the first fairway went off the rails in a very odd way.