Phil Mickelson celebrated his birthday Saturday with a burst of temporary insanity during the third round of the U.S. Open.
Mickelson's action resulted in a 2-stroke penalty and a score of 10 on the par-4 hole under Rule 14-5 of the Rules of Golf.
"If someone is offended I apologise but toughen up", Mickelson said. I took the two-shot penalty and moved on. "I'd gladly take my two strokes and move on".
"It's my understanding of the rules". Celebrating his 48th birthday on Saturday, the five-time major champion is running out of chances to win the one major championship keeping him from the career Grand Slam, also the one golf tournament he's wanted to win more than any other, and he knew he wasn't going to win this one. "We all have a moment in life sometimes and that was kind of a moment I think for him".
Guess what: He was back the next year at Pebble Beach, where he pumped three shots into the Pacific Ocean on the famed 18th and hit another shot into someone's backyard. "I don't know if I was able to save a shot or not".
Mickelson said he knew the action would bring a two-shot penalty, and that he had hit the ball to prevent it from rolling off the green.
"I think you've got to because it was outrageous what they did to the course". "I just kept saying 'What is he doing?" He ran a few steps toward it and hit it before it stopped, sending it by the hole back to near where he originally putted from.
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The difficulty of Shinnecock Hills on Saturday afternoon when the wind picked up and the exposed greens turned quick and crusty turned this U.S. Open into a grinding struggle for survival on the scoreboard.
No-one, of course, should be surprised about the USGA screwing up once more with the second men's major of the season and I will get to that.
It might have been different if it had been a moment of madness caused by a rush of blood to the head.
Mickelson's playing partner, Andrew "Beef" Johnston, said he saw Mickelson hit the moving ball and asked himself, "Is this actually happening?"
Mickelson didn't speak to the media after his final round of 69, where he raised his arms in the air after holing a putt on the 13th, but his wife Amy spoke to Golf.com whilst he was signing autographs post-round.
Shinnecock Hills looks the kind of place Jay Gatsby would saunter up for a game. It's something you might see at our home course with your mates or something.
In Trump's America, it appears that you can now do or say anything and be heralded as a maverick and a hero. Some of the pin positions were impossible to get at, to even leave yourself a 25-foot uphill putt.