US Open: Should Phil Mickelson have been disqualified for penalty?

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Phil Mickelson was assessed a two-stroke penalty for hitting a moving ball at the 13th hole during the third round of the US Open at Shinnecock Hills. He would go on to finish the round and sit at 17 over for the week after posting an 11-over 81 on Saturday, matching his worst round ever at a U.S. Open.

"To go to Rule 1-2 - Phil didn't purposely deflect or stop the ball, which is talked about in the reference under Rule 14-5, if you look at it. (Rule) 14-5 explicitly covers a player making a stroke at a moving ball, and so we operated under that rule". "I just finally did".

Mickelson, who has been a US Open runner-up six times, most recently in 2013, was having a miserable time Saturday before reaching 13. "He just laughed at me, he had no words to say".

Round 3 of the tournament didn't bode well for Phil Mickelson. He's never won a U.S. Open, but now he has etched himself a place in tournament lore - for all the wrong reasons. On the 18th hole in the second round, Triplett stuck his putter in the ground as a backstop when his ball was headed back down from the hole. He had four consecutive bogeys before parring the 12th, despite the serenading of "Happy Birthday" from the crowds at every hole.

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He said he knew the ball was going to roll off the green, which is why he chose to hit it while it was still moving. "I took the two shot penalty and moved on", replied Phil. At that time, I just didn't feel like going back and forth and hitting the same shot over.

With his ball about to roll down the slope, Lefty ran to his ball ... as it was moving ... and just gave it a whack back towards the cup, obviously missing, and then just marked his ball like nothing had happened.

Well behind on the leaderboard, Mickelson claims to have taken the two-shot penalty as it would have been worth more to him than a continued flurry of missed putts; "I didn't mean's meant to take advantage of the rules as best as you can".