Phil Mickelson penalized after hitting moving ball

Mickelson jogged after the ball after it curled around the hole, realizing it was about to head down the other side of the green. After missing about a 15-foot putt, Mickelson ran over to his ball and hit it back to the hole, while it was still moving.

Also inexplicably, Mickelson walked away from the green with playing partner Andrew "Beef" Johnston smiling.

Now, the rules of golf do account for what happens in such a situation, with a two-shot penalty being added to the player's score for the hole.

"I feel like my game is built for championship golf", Finau, who finished 10th at the Masters after famously twisting his ankle during the par-3 contest, said. I wasn't going to have a shot. I took the two shots and moved on. "Just because I make a lot of birdies and I hit it with length and the putter can get hot". I wasn't going to have a shot.

"I know the rules".

John Bodenhamer of the US Golf Association said Mickelson was penalized two strokes for violating rule 14-5 by "making a stroke at a moving ball". It'll be the surreal image of Mickelson jogging to get behind a ball rolling down a hill, having made the decision to wilfully break one of the simplest Rules of Golf: you can not hit a moving ball.

After the putt, commentator Curtis Strange may have summed it up best as Mickelson was walking off the green with a big smile on his face. "You take the two shots and you move on".

Mickelson has had a frustrating weekend at Shinnecock Hills, one of the more reviled major courses among pros.


Phil Mickelson returned to the 13th hole on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills, but this time with a much different outcome. "I've had an awesome day". He had four consecutive bogeys before parring the 12th, despite the serenading of "Happy Birthday" from the crowds at every hole. "It's a fun birthday".

Daly, however, already had a reputation for being wild and unpredictable, whereas Mickelson's reputation as American golf's golden man has been cultivated over almost three decades of exemplary behavior on the course.

The adventure took place on the par-4 13th.

Johnson held a four-shot lead over fellow Americans Scott Piercy and Charley Hoffman as he looks to claim a second US Open title in the space of three years. When you ask people who they're rooting for, Phil's name always comes up.

"It's something you might see at your club with your mates".

"Saturday is traditionally our peak day", says Janeen Driscoll, the USGA's communications director.

He was taking advantage of the rules.

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