Phil Mickelson goes bonkers with his putter at the US Open

Phil Mickelson goes bonkers with his putter at the US Open

With the penalty he racked up a sextuple bogey 10 at the par-four hole - although it took some minutes for the scoreboard to catch up with him.

"If somebody is offended by that, I apologize to them, but toughen up", he said, "because this is not meant that way". He acknowledged the ball would have rolled off the green and rather than try his luck from there, he took the 2-stroke penalty and moved on. "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.

"Phil really did want to understand how the rule operates because he didn't want he said to me, 'Mike, I don't want to play in this championship if I should have been disqualified, '" Davis said. "I've had multiple times where I wanted to do that, and I finally did it". "I think everyone should be allowed to have a moment". It was going to go down in the same spot behind the bunker. The 5-time major champion then struck the ball back at the hole, saw it lip out, then marked it before playing his next shot. "I don't know if I was able to save a shot or not".

"I think you've got to because it was outrageous what they did to the course. So it's just, it's us applying the rules". Sorry, I have to laugh at this.' He just laughed with me.

In Mickelson's world, it wasn't an act of petulance or a mental short circuit provoked by frustration at an outrageous course set up that prompted him to jog after his runaway putt on the 13th green on Saturday and bat it back up a slope when still in motion.

There were only three under-par rounds the entire day-Berger's, Finau's and Kiradech Aphibarnrat's-and all came from players with early tee times.

It was a shocking display on the 13th green at Shinnecock Hills on Saturday.

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"It started to get a lot firmer and faster", he said.

Andrew "Beef" Johnston described playing partner Phil Mickelson's putt as a "moment of madness".

Whether some of the fans knew of the mishap or not, there were number of them looking for autographs once Mickelson did his interviews, both for Fox and the throng of reporters just outside the clubhouse.

"You might have a bad day at work or do something or say something that you regret".

Mickelson is no stranger to controversy and caused significant ructions at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles when he criticized the captaincy of Tom Watson in the USA team's losing press conference.

Shinnecock Hills looks the kind of place Jay Gatsby would saunter up for a game. Some of the pin positions were impossible to get at, to even leave yourself a 25-foot uphill putt.