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Phil Mickelson hits moving ball at U.S. Open

17 June, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Carla Brady
  • VIDEO Phil Mickelson Hits Moving Ball Out of Frustration at U.S. Open

His fourth shot onto the putting surface came to rest 18 feet from the hole, and when his attempt at a bogey putt ran past the hole, Mickelson rushed over and hit his ball a second time before it came to rest. "I just finally did".

He breached Rule 14-5 for making a stroke while the ball was moving and was handed a two-stroke penalty, with the American taking two more putts to take his total on the hole to 10 shots.

This is where golf gets into the weeds and the USGA's ruling is ... curious: The USGA determined Mickelson "made a stroke at a moving ball", but did not purposefully deflect or stop it.

That's was John Daly's reasoning when he pulled a similar stunt at the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, saying it was his response to poor pin positions.

On the Fox broadcast, David Fay, the top man at the USGA before retiring in 2010, said that after hearing Mickelson's remarks after the round, Fay would take a different view than the USGA committee that assessed the two-shot penalty.

You've never seen anything like this from Phil Mickelson.




I'm going out on a limb here, but I predict that Mickelson won't win the tournament.

Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.

"I don't mean disrespect by anybody", Mickelson told Fox.

Mickelson finished the round with an 11-over 81, and 17-over for the tournament.

"It was meant to take advantage of the rules as best as you can".

And just in case you didn't understand, he added the following while speaking to reporters: "If somebody's offended by that, I apologize". I did not feel like continuing going back and forth. "I don't know if I would have been able to save a shot or whatnot, but I know it's a two-shot penalty hitting a moving ball, I tried to hit it as close to the hole as I could to make the next one".

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