USGA Issue Statement on Ruling for Phil Mickelson's Controversial Stroke

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"In that situation, I was just going back and forth and I'd gladly take the two shots over continuing that display".

Mickelson said he knew the action would bring a two-shot penalty, and that he had hit the ball to prevent it from rolling off the green. Say this fleet-footed pro hits his chip and then catches up to his ball as it's racing past the hole and - best-case scenario - taps it in on the fly.

"That can happen, [but] that's not what we operated under here, " Bodenamer said. However, by not simply "deflecting" or stopping the ball, and by actually trying to make the return putt, he actually used the Rules to the letter.

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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.

Far from backing down on his defensive stance as we surmised he might do last night, Phil's reaction to his par putt on the same hole today as if he had just completed the Grand Slam suggests that he is still unrepentant about what occurred.

It's a no-no for kids on a insane golf course, let alone a five-time major champion and former world No. 2 at the US Open. But he praised the setup earlier this week and said again Saturday that it was tough and "everyone has to play it".

Mickelson's playing partner Andrew Johnston, who also struggled, told BBC Radio 5 Live: "His body acted quicker than his brain".

"I said 'That's one of the strangest things I've ever seen".

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There were calls for Mickelson to be disqualified but his punishment stopped at the two-stroke penalty.

"I've never seen anything like it".

This is one of the more surprising things you'll see.

"Oh my goodness, I think I had most improved", Mickelson jokingly said to reporters Sunday (via the New York Daily News), in among his few comments after his round. For as long as they've been in this together, Saturday night at the U.S. Open was like nothing they'd experienced before. Regardless of his play, Mickelson said he enjoyed his time at Shinnecock. If people take it that way, that's not on me.

"So to knock that past and then hit the putt going back towards back off the green, I think it's just one of the moments where you're not thinking about it". They moved on after mistakes knowing that complaining would not help.

"Phil really did want to understand how the rule operates", Davis said, via Randall Mell of the Gold Channel. I've had multiple times where I've wanted to do that. Sorry, I have to laugh at this.' He just laughed with me.

As the biggest bridesmaid in U.S. Open history with a record six runner-up finishes, one of those coming at this same (but different) Shinnecock Hills course back in 2004, Phil Mickelson had to be a bit frustrated coming into his third round.

He signed for an 11-over-par 81 and a 17-over total.

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