Phil Mickelson hits moving ball with putter at US Open

Phil Mickelson hits moving ball with putter at US Open

Phil Mickelson hits moving ball with putter at US Open

Phil Mickelson let his emotions get the best of him Saturday at the U.S. Open.

It's a black eye for Phil, at least according to the announcers at today's U.S. Open. "I know it's a two-shot penalty".

World number one Johnson was the only man under par through 36 holes, leading the tournament with a four-under total of 136. "He just laughed at me, he had no words to say".

"I think he just snapped". Mickelson hit his bogey putt well past the hole and it appeared that it might roll off the green.

Instead, in a surprising post-round interview, the American claimed that his decision to putt his moving ball back up the green was indeed a deliberate action. "It just happened. I said, 'That's one of the strangest things I've ever seen, ' and then just started laughing, to be honest".

The Shinnecock Hills course has a reputation for being a brutal test of golf in US Open conditions with slick greens and pins set in tough positions, allied to a baking sun and stiff breeze. 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.

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.

'At that time, I just didn't feel like going back and forth and hitting the same shot over. "I've never seen that in tournament, only when playing with my mates". "He made a stroke at a moving ball, which is explicitly covered under 14-5". I looked at him and I was like, 'Is this actually happening?!' But honestly, I looked at him and I said to him, 'Sorry, but I can't help but laugh at that.

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