Lefty loses it: Mickelson swats moving ball with his putter

Virginia Santiago
June 17, 2018

Phil Mickelson's 48th birthday took a stunning turn at the US Open on Saturday when he stopped a putt from rolling off the 13th green.

It's a no-no for kids on a insane golf course, let alone a five-time major champion and former world No. 2 at the US Open. "I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display".

His score at 13 was first posted as an eight, then a nine and finally a 10 that left him 10-over for his round and 16-over for the tournament.

Rather than wait to see where the ball might end up, Mickelson literally ran after the ball and hit it again as it was still moving.

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I'm going out on a limb here, but I predict that Mickelson won't win the tournament. "I know it's a two-shot penalty". "He's putted bad enough that I think he just snapped at how bad his speed was on that putt".

Mickelson later said he did not mean the shot to be disrespectful, saying there was "no question" the ball was going to roll off the green, and he chose to take the penalty rather than the alternative.

His second shot didn't even go in.

The 10 Mickelson carded on the hole as a result of the two-stroke penalty was the worst he's ever scored on a single hole at the U.S. Open.

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'It was going to go down in the same spot behind the bunker. In fairness to Mickelson, the best aren't immune to a brain freeze or a meltdown and he'll surely put his act down to something like that.

The start of that sequence was for bogey on the par-four 13th.

Mickelson went on to shoot a round of 81 and sits third last of those that made the halfway cut on 17-over par.

Shortly after Mickelson finished, two-time major champion Zach Johnson launched a scathing attack on the course set-up. "I should have done it several times at Augusta on 15", he said.

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