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Phil Mickelson Hits Moving Ball Out of Frustration at U.S. Open

17 June, 2018, 00:58 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Phil Mickelson looking at his shot as it flies through the air

"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.

Mickelson would shoot an 11-over 81 in the third round that dropped him to 17 over for the week and in 65th place.

It conjured up memories of John Daly hitting a moving ball that rolled off the green during the fourth round of the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Not exactly what you'd expect from one of the giants of the sport in the U.S. Open. "He's putted bad enough that I think he just snapped at how bad his speed was on that putt". The two players shared a laugh after the freakish turn of events and Johnston later said he's never seen anything like it. That made for a 14, a total of 83 in the first round, and a withdrawal.

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.

Mickelson, who was already four over par for the day on his 48th birthday, badly overhit a putt on the 13th green which looked in danger of rolling off the putting surface.

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'At that time, I just didn't feel like going back and forth and hitting the same shot over.

He was immediately issued with a two shot penalty for his actions and he's surely longing for the clubhouse now.

Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.

Mickelson admitted post-round he hit the ball prematurely deliberately to stop the ball going off the green again, although did that put him a better position?

With his ball about to roll down the slope, Lefty ran to his ball ... as it was moving ... and just gave it a whack back towards the cup, obviously missing, and then just marked his ball like nothing had happened.

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