Mickelson incurs penalty after hitting moving ball

Clearly, that violates the rules of the game.

Allen reports that the USGA are satisfied with levying a two stroke penalty. "I tried to hit it as close to the hole as I could to make the next one, and you take the two shots and move on". Had he done the latter he would have been disqualified. But many thought he should have been disqualified under Rule 1-2, which states that if a player purposefully stops or deflects a ball to give himself an advantage, the player should be disqualified.

Mickelson's answer would suggest otherwise. I took the two-shot penalty and moved on.

"I don't mean it in any disrespect, and if that's the way people took it I apologise to them". It's my understanding of the rules.

"I've wanted to do that many times. I've never seen that in tournament, only when playing with my mates". He was serenaded with "Happy Birthday" at almost every green, and even after four consecutive bogeys the fans were supportive.

As the biggest bridesmaid in U.S. Open history with a record six runner-up finishes, one of those coming at this same (but different) Shinnecock Hills course back in 2004, Phil Mickelson had to be a bit frustrated coming into his third round.

Mickelson's shocking display in the third round stunned playing partner Andrew Johnston, who called it "a moment of madness". Then he kept on with his round and parred the most hard hole on the course, the 14th, still smiling and acknowledging fans.

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Mickelson's 81 matched his highest score in 101 U.S. Open rounds, this his 27th U.S. Open.

Phil Mickelson came to this US Open looking to end his curse at the championship and so join the immortals who have completed the career grand slam.

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

It is not hyperbole to say that this was the most shockingly flagrant violation of a golf rule by someone of Mickelson's stature in the history of the sport.

"I think it's just one of them moments when you're not thinking about it, it just happens and he did it", said the burly Englishman, whose nickname is "Beef".

It dropped the veteran star to 16 over for the tournament, 20 shots adrift of then leader Dustin Johnson.

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