U.S. Open: Phil Mickelson melts down, hits still-rolling ball

Mickelson became embroiled in controversy on the 13th hole during the third round when he struck his ball while it was still moving on the green, and he was penalised two shots under Rule 14-5 which prohibits "making a stroke at a moving ball". Mickelson's bogey putt from above the hole ran by the cup and was headed down a slope when he ran over and swatted it back toward the hole as the ball was still moving. Now that I'm sitting here, we would say that part of this test were simply too tough. "I know it's a two-shot penalty".

That is a two-stroke penalty that is given after he finishes the hole. It's my understanding of the rules. I've had multiple times where I have wanted to do that, I just finally did it.

"I think it's just one of the moments where you're not thinking about it".

'It was going to go down in the same spot behind the bunker. It's a risk. I could have maybe hit a shot and somehow made the putt. Presumably that score includes any penalty for hitting a moving ball.

"It's meant to take advantage of the rules the best you can".

Whether some of the fans knew of the mishap or not, there were number of them looking for autographs once Mickelson did his interviews, both for Fox and the throng of reporters just outside the clubhouse.

Mickelson is celebrating his 48th birthday, and it's one he is sure to remember.

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

But Davis said steps would be taken to insure there was no repeat of the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock, where the greens dried out over the weekend to the extent that some were virtually unplayable. "I said, 'I'm sorry, but I've got to laugh at this"'. I know it's a two-shot penalty hitting a moving ball. It's been incredible. Singing happy birthdays, wishing happy birthdays.

The chuckles continued on the next hole, when Mickelson tried to pull off a gravity-assisted trick shot.

World number one Johnson, who had led by four overnight, shot a 77. [The U.S. Open] beats you up man.

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

After a frustrating few rounds at Shinnecock Hills, Mickelson has made the cut for the weekend but just barely as he's languishing at the bottom of the leaderboard on +15.

However you look at it, it was the kind of thing a 5-year-old does on a bad hole on a miniature golf course. I really don't feel like I played much different to the first two days.

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