Phil Mickelson loses the plot at US Open after putt goes wrong

Phil Mickelson loses the plot at US Open after putt goes wrong

Phil Mickelson's apparent fit of pique led to a sextuple bogey 10 on Saturday as the five-time major victor hit a moving ball with his putter in the third round of the US Open.

Lefty purposely hit his birdie putt on No. 14 wide of the hole and up a slope behind the cup.

"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.

The most recent time something like this happened at a major tournament was John Daly at the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, when he hit a moving ball on the green en route to an 83 and a dead-last finish. "I just finally did".

And just in case you didn't understand, he added the following while speaking to reporters: "If somebody's offended by that, I apologize". The two players shared a laugh after the weird turn of events and Johnston later said he's never seen anything like it.

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Mickelson had a downhill bogey putt at the par-4 13th hole, and missed it badly on the right side. Then he kept on with his round and parred the most hard hole on the course, the 14th, still smiling and acknowledging fans.

History suggests the 33-year-old is an odds-on favourite to become only the second player after Tiger Woods to win while ranked world number one, with five of the previous six players to hold a halfway lead of four shots or more going on to win.

"I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display", he said.

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.

But it's nothing disrespectful to me or to the U.S. Open or anything. "As a result, he incurred a two stroke penalty for a breach of Rule 14-5".

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