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Frustrated Phil Mickelson swats moving ball with putter at US Open

21 June 2018

Mickelson chased after his travelling ball on the 13th green on day three and struck it before it could roll farther from the hole, breaching rule 14.5 which prohibits a player hitting a moving ball.

Mickelson is one of the professional tour's most loved golfers, the US Golf Association (USGA) will now weigh up if his actions warrant disqualification from the tournament.

Phil Mickelson hit a moving ball on the 13th green in what he said was a deliberate action to "take advantage of the rules" during the third round of the US Open at Shinnecock Hills on Saturday.

With the penalty, Mickelson carded a sextuple-bogey 10 on the par-4 hole, pushing him to 10-over for the round and plus-16 for the tournament.

Australian major victor Steve Elkington has unleashed a social media tirade at Phil Mickelson after the American caused US Open controversy by striking a moving golf ball during a weird meltdown.

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"Look, I don't mean disrespect to anybody", he said. "I took two shots and moved on and got to play the next hole". And I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display.

Mickelson will start the final round at +17 after having carded a damaging 81 on Saturday, extinguishing any lingering hopes of him completing his career grand slam at Shinnecock. It's something you might see on your home course with your mates. "He played a moving ball", Bodenhamer said.

"Phil really did want to understand how the rule operates", Davis said, via Randall Mell of the Gold Channel. He goes across the water for an in-between wedge shot with no margin for error: water lurks short and jail long. It's amusing. I just wanted to get to the next hole and did not see that happening without the two shots'.

"I've never seen anything like that from a world-class player in my life", unusual said.

"I know this should've come sooner, but it's taken me a few days to calm down", Mickelson said.

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He said: "The ball had no speed on it but it ran five, six, eight, 10, 20, 50 feet past the hole".

Mickelson said. "It's amusing". Mickelson said he had thought about doing the same thing many times, including on the tricky 15th green at the Masters.

Phil Mickelson started the final round of the US Open at Shinnecock Hills 14 strokes behind the leaders, but he had become the story of the tournament thanks to a weird penalty and a ruling from the US Golf Association that many disagreed with. He had those four consecutive bogeys before a par at the 12th.

Shortly after Mickelson finished, Zach Johnson launched a scathing attack on the course set-up.

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Frustrated Phil Mickelson swats moving ball with putter at US Open