Phil Mickelson putting meltdown at U.S. Open is epic


Future Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson drew the ire of golf analysts and fans around the world with a choice he made on the 13th hole at Shinnecock Hills.

"I've wanted to do that many times".

Phil Mickelson returned to the 13th hole on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills, but this time with a much different outcome.

It was a childish display from a five-time major victor celebrating his 48th birthday.

According to the body, it was not relevant to apply golf rule 1-2 which says a player "must not take an action with the intent to influence the movement of a ball in play". Mickelson was intentionally taking advantage of the rule whereas Daly swatted at the ball as it rolled back to him out of what he later admitted was frustration at the USGA over the placement of the hole on the 8th hole.

Guess what: He was back the next year at Pebble Beach, where he pumped three shots into the Pacific Ocean on the famed 18th and hit another shot into someone's backyard. I know it's a two-shot penalty hitting a moving ball.

It was reminiscent of John Daly hitting a moving ball at Pinehurst No. 2 in the 1999 U.S. Open.

Mickelson played the third round with England's Andrew "Beef" Johnston, who had a hard time believing what he was seeing.

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Later, after acknowledging he was using Rule 14-5 to his advantage, Mickelson called USGA officials.

While nothing will top what he did on Saturday, this is arguably just as odd of a move, calling even more attention to a situation that you'd think he'd want to let die down.

And two-time US Open champion Curtis Strange added: "He will feel some embarrassment because there are a lot of people and kids watching that really admire this guy".

He himself apologised, insisting that he had "meant no disrespect".

"I told him it was one of the strangest things I've ever seen and then just started laughing, to be honest". Sorry, I have to laugh at this.' He just laughed with me. I took the two-shot penalty and moved on. "Just because I make a lot of birdies and I hit it with length and the putter can get hot".

"It's something you might see at your club with your mates". And Phil Mickelson is well aware.

"If someone is offended I apologise, but toughen up". The two players shared a laugh after the freakish turn of events and Johnston later said he's never seen anything like it.