Comment From Phil Mickelson’s Wife Going Viral After U.S. Open Blunder
21 June, 2018, 19:20 | Author: Rachael Silva
Phil Mickelson says he was happy to take a two-shot penalty when he bizarrely made a decision to putt a moving ball on the 13 hole at the US Open on Saturday.
The biggest issue here is the penalty, which gives the Committee (ie. the USGA itself at the U.S. Open) the right to disqualify in the case of a "serious breach".
For the purists, however, the unexpected move to putt a moving ball from one of golf's greatest ambassadors was a stain on the game, with many calling for the five-time major victor to be disqualified or to withdraw from the event.
He was assessed a two-stroke penalty for the move, per PGA Tour rules, taking a 10 on the par-4 hole.
Mickelson's tee shot hit the fairway, but he missed the green with his next two approach shots.
"I don't mean to disrespect anybody", the four-times major victor said.
Officials said the two-stroke penalty was the appropriate sanction for violating the rule that bars players from making a stroke of a moving ball. "It's amusing. I just wanted to get to the next hole and did not see that happening without the two shots".
Mickelson will start the final round at +17 after having carded a damaging 81 on Saturday, extinguishing any lingering hopes of him completing his career grand slam at Shinnecock. It's something you might see at your home course with your mates or something. "John Daly's reputation took a hit after what he did at Pinehurst in '99, and I fear it will be the same for Phil", said former US Golf Association executive director David Fay. It's my understanding of the rules. And as it released and went through, I thought wow, that is seriously quick.
'If someone is offended I apologise, but toughen up.
"What worries me more is that he shows little contrition". It's amusing. I just wanted to get to the next hole and did not see that happening without the two shots'.
According to the body, it was not relevant to apply golf rule 1-2 which says a player "must not take an action with the intent to influence the movement of a ball in play".
CURTIS STRANGE: You're really admired around this golfing world, especially here at the US Open. "I should have done it several times at Augusta on 15", he said.
"I would probably do it myself, but I'm not a professional, and not in the U.S. Open", said Christine Lloyd. "Sometimes in these situations it is just easier to take the two shots and move on".
He could have easily made a score better than the 10 he ended up writing down on his scorecard. Dustin Johnson, who tees off at 3:10 p.m. today, has a strong lead at four-under, the only player under par.
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