Phil Mickelson takes 2-shot penalty for hitting a moving golf ball!


Phil Mickelson had an enjoyable start to his third round Saturday, as the gallery at the first tee sang "Happy Birthday" to celebrate Mickelson turning 48.

"I seen the ball go past, he ran and he hit it, and he said, 'I'll wait". The 10 was the highest score on any hole at this U.S. Open, according to the USGA. I don't know if I was able to save a shot or not.

And just in case you didn't understand, he added the following while speaking to reporters: "If somebody's offended by that, I apologize". He hit his third back over the green on the other side and finally got on in four.

He attempted a 12-footer for bogey, but his shot rolled past the cup. Not only did he struggle putting, but he also cost himself two strokes by chasing down a missed putt and taking another shot before the ball stopped moving. "It's amusing. I just wanted to get to the next hole and did not see that happening without the two shots".

Mickelson admitted post-round he hit the ball prematurely deliberately to stop the ball going off the green again, although did that put him a better position? "I've never seen that in tournament, only when playing with my mates". I've had multiple times where I've wanted to do that.

The 48-year-old slipped down the leaderboard with four bogeys around the turn before racking up a sextuple-bogey during a weird incident at the par-four 13th.

Mickelson is a five-time major champion, and I understand that he is frustrated with his game and the fact that he has yet to win a U.S. Open, but come on, everyone is watching you Phil and you're better than that.