Phil Mickelson has moment of madness at US Open

Phil Mickelson stunningly hits moving ball on purpose for 2-shot penalty			@MrRogers99

Phil Mickelson hit a moving ball on the 13th green in what he said was a deliberate action to "take advantage of the rules" during the third round of the US Open at Shinnecock Hills on Saturday.

The freaky incident inevitably caused huge controversy, with at least one fellow professional accusing the USGA of "copping out" by not disqualifying Mickelson.

"If somebody's offended by that I apologize", Mickelson said after running after his golf ball on the 13th green at Shinnecock Hills and hitting it while it was still moving.

"Look, I don't mean disrespect to anybody", he said. In that situation, I would gladly take the two shots'. Instead of letting his ball come to rest, Mickelson smacked it back toward the hole, taking a two-stroke penalty. "I was playing it worse than most and wanted to get to the next hole eventually, which I did". I think you see it in different sports people do these wacky things.

'It was going to go down in the same spot behind the bunker. Then he was like, 'C'mon Beef, what've you got for me?' We just tried to chat away and just get on with it because we were both struggling and we just tried to take our minds off it to be honest. "I don't know if I was able to save a shot or not". Presumably that score includes any penalty for hitting a moving ball. "If somebody's offended by that, I apologize to them but, you know, toughen up because this is not meant that way". "That's one of the funniest things I've ever seen".

Mickelson is celebrating his 48th birthday, and it's one he is sure to remember. "I've had it with the USGA and the way they run their tournaments". "The last time I saw something like that was John Daly at the '99 [U.S.] Open at Pinehurst". Sorry, I have to laugh at this.' He just laughed with me.

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The USGA invoked Rule 14-5 which states a player "must not make a stroke at his ball while it is moving". "I've had an awesome day".

Fox analyst Paul Azinger speculated that Mickelson just snapped after seeing how bad his putt was.

World number one Johnson, who had led by four overnight, shot a 77.

It certainly was one of the most surreal moments of all the 118 U.S. Opens contested.

And Mickelson should know there's no place for that kind of behavior on any golf course, much less in the national championship.

"It was so odd because I don't think anyone had them thoughts", Johnston said.

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