Frustrated Phil Mickelson swats moving ball with putter at U.S. Open

The US Open witnessed a bizarre moment as Phil Mickelson struck a moving ball on the greens

Phil Mickelson needed something low in Round 3 at the U.S. Open on Saturday at Shinnecock Hills. He then said: "This is my last U.S. Open - ever". Taking his two-shot penalty, the extremely unusual incident divided viewers between those who condemned the action, and those who saw the amusing side of it.

With six runners-up placings on his CV, the US Open clearly owed him one and although he began 10 behind halfway leader Dustin Johnson, hopes were high of a Mickelson charge. Joe Buck announced after Mickelson had made par at the next hole that his score on the 13th had been changed to a sextuple-bogey 10. I don't know if I was able to save a shot or not.

"I think he just snapped".

Mickelson was faced with a 12-foot bogey putt and after sending it well past the hole, Lefty ran to his ball to hit it again before it went down the slope. "It was amusing because I didn't think he hit that bad of a chip shot from behind the green in the first place".

He was immediately issued with a two shot penalty for his actions and he's surely longing for the clubhouse now. Mickelson had arrived at the course celebrating his 48th birthday and the stage was set for the left-hander to fire his way back into the tournament.

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. And if that's the way people took it, I apologize to them, but that's not the way it was taken. "I should have done it several times at Augusta on 15", he said.

Afterwards, he justified the maneuver, saying he didn't want to hit the same shot over and never meant to disrespect the game of golf.

The 48-year-old slipped down the leaderboard with four bogeys around the turn before racking up a sextuple-bogey during a freakish incident at the par-four 13th.

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