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Phil Mickelson defends deliberately hitting moving ball - US Open 2018

Phil Mickelson defends deliberately hitting moving ball - US Open 2018

It's something you might see on your home course with your mates. First, a little setup for the biggest "What?" moment of the week.

Following an opening-round 77, Mickelson followed it up with a 1-under-par round of 69 in Friday's second round but was still a full 10 shots behind leader Dustin Johnson heading into the weekend.

There is a four-way tie for the lead at +3 (yes, that's how hard it's been), with Daniel Berger, Tony Finau, defending champion Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson all locked together.

Unfortunately, he struggled early.

Contributing to his downfall was a meltdown on the par four 13th.

Phil and Amy Mickelson, pictured at the Presidents Cup.

The rule in question has to do with contacting a ball already in motion.

"My feeling is that he was frustrated and was sending a message about the course set up on certain holes to the USGA", said Bobby Joyce, the former PGA professional at Southampton Golf Club. I'm embarrassed and disappointed by my actions.

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I freely and willingly admit I am guilty of not following Rule 1-3 every time I play golf.

An action taken for the sole objective of caring for the course is not a breach of rule 1-2. It seems to be the goal of the USGA otherwise they wouldn't keep doing this.

Veteran golfer Phil Mickelson was criticized for putting a moving ball at the 2018 US Open. There is a clause allowing for a two-stroke penalty if the breach is considered intentional, but doesn't give the player a "significant advantage" in the playing of the hole. They feel the USGA applied the wrong rule to his penalty, and that Mickelson should drop out of the final round of the U.S. Open tomorrow.

The Englishman told Omnisport: "He was making a statement that, "This is ridiculous and I'm going to show you how ridiculous this is".

If your head isn't exploding by now, congratulations. In fact, it didn't even get them to that point, most golfers that often play during their lifetime will never shoot par on any course.

If you're wondering whether Mickelson would be defiant or contrite on Sunday, we don't know the answer. As a result, the USGA (which has not yet responded to GOLF.com's request for comment) is left with one option: It's time for the Phil Rule.

This opens up two situations.

Mickelson caused quite a stir at the U.S. Open on Saturday when he intentionally putted a ball that was still rolling. Taking his two-shot penalty, the extremely unusual incident divided viewers between those who condemned the action, and those who saw the amusing side of it.


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