A Frustrated Phil Mickelson Whacks His Moving Ball To Send Golf World Into a Frenzy

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Already 4-over par on the day, Phil Mickelson seemingly snapped after missing a bogey putt on the 13th hole. As his ball slid past the hole and started to pick up steam, going downhill, Mickelson ran to it and made a stroke as it was still moving.

Mickelson would miss two more putts, but finally tapped in for an 8. USGA officials then assessed the 48-year old star a two-stroke penalty (14-5, hitting a moving ball), for a score of 6-over 10 to move to 16-over par.

The five-time major winner would go on to bogey one more hole to sign for a 11-over par 81, and a three-day score of 17-over par.

From John Bodenhamer, USGA: “One of our rules officials spoke to him to inform what we had looked at on video and of our decision. We informed him it was a two-stroke penalty and he said ‘Thank you’ and moved ahead with his round.”

The “press jackals” went in for the kill.

In a post-round interview with Phil, FOX’s Curtis Strange asked, “Does it show disrespect to the championship?”

Mickelson answered, “It certainly wasn’t meant that way. It was meant to take advantage of the rules as best as you can.”


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