Phil Mickelson shockingly chases, swats moving ball with putter

Kristopher Nichols
June 18, 2018

Saturday is always considered "Moving Day" at a golf tournament but Phil Mickelson took that phrase a little too far during his third round at the U.S. Open. Apparently the thought of seeing the ball roll off the green was more than the freshly minted 48-year-old was ready to handle, so he gave it a hockey wrist shot back. He shot 81 in the third round and at 17 over par wasn't going to be a factor on Sunday anyway. It's just simply I just wanted to get on to the next hole and I didn't see that happening at the time.

Shinnecock Hills has been ripping apart the world's best players all week and it all must have just gotten to Mickelson.

The five-time major champion and Hall of Famer has not been shy about criticizing the USGA for the way it has set up its championships, particularly at Shinnecock.

Some insisted that Mickelson's actions were against the spirit of the law and could be considered a "major breach" of the Rules of Golf, which result in disqualification.

Mickelson carded a 10 for the hole.

"He could have saved himself a shot by just letting it go and taking unplayable, but then that would still look pretty amusing too", he said.

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

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"That was jarring", analyst Curtis Strange said.

"I don't mean any disrespect, and if that's the way people took it, I apologise to them".

"I said, "That is one of the strangest things I have ever seen" and started laughing, and said "sorry" about laughing", said Johnston, a jovial Englishman with the nickname Beef.

"It's something you might see at your home course with your mates or something", Andrew Johnston said.

He said, 'I don't know what [my] score that is.

"In that situation, I was just going back and forth". "Just because I make a lot of birdies and I hit it with length and the putter can get hot".

This is one of the more surprising things you'll see.

"If somebody is offended by that, I apologize to them but toughen up".

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