'No disrespect': Phil Mickelson putts moving ball at US Open

Frustrated Mickelson swats moving ball with putter at Open

Frustrated Mickelson swats moving ball with putter at Open

Calls for the American to be disqualified have been ignored after this freakish incident.

Afterwards, Mickelson - who is now on +17 after three rounds at Shinnecock Hills - says he has long wanted to give up on a hole by hitting a moving ball.

- Look, I don't mean disrespect by anybody.

He said, 'I don't know what [my] score that is. It's likely going to stay a two-stroke penalty, although David Fay did point out that while unlikely, it could be interpreted as conduct unbecoming and result in a DQ. "But it was just a moment - I think it's just a moment of madness". I can't see anything and I went, 'Where is it?' And he went, 'It's just in that bunker up there.' I go, 'Ah, you gotta be kidding me!' He's like, "Aaaah!" But ultimately, Mickelson carded a sextuple bogey - eight actual strokes at the ball, plus two extra for the penalty.

And I don't know if I would have been able to save a shot or whatnot.

Strangely, the USGA deemed that Mickelson "played" the moving ball, rather than "moving or stopping" it, which could have brought disqualification into play.

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Phil Mickelson took his place in the field for the final round of the US Open after discussions with the USGA over whether he should have been disqualified.

Phil Mickelson turned 48 on Saturday, an occasion marked by fans singing "Happy Birthday" at every turn.

I'm going out on a limb here, but I predict that Mickelson won't win the tournament. Most related to Mickelson's actions, while others were simply stunned by the amateurish display. "I just kept saying 'What is he doing?" "I've had an awesome day".

Mickelson took action with the goal of influencing the movement of a ball in play. Dustin Johnson, who tees off at 3:10 p.m. today, has a strong lead at four-under, the only player under par. At this rate, he'll just be glad to leave Shinnecock Hills in one piece. It's something you might see on your home course with your mates. When you ask people who they're rooting for, Phil's name always comes up. He needed two more putts to get down from there.

It certainly was one of the most surreal moments of all the 118 U.S. Opens contested. "We are operating under what we saw".

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