Phil Mickelson moving ball: Twitter goes wild US Open mistake

When a putt at the 13th hole at Shinnecock Hills rolled past the cup and began slipping down a slope, Mickelson trotted over and batted it back toward the hole before the ball had stopped.

"It's something you might see at your club with your mates".

During play of the 13th hole Phil Mickelson made a stroke on the putting green at the time his ball was moving.

Mickelson's playing partner, Andrew "Beef" Johnston, seemed to get a kick out of the whole thing. His swat sent the ball off the hole.

I can't believe what I just saw Phil Mickelson do at the U.S. Open.

The most recent time something like this happened at a major tournament was John Daly at the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, when he hit a moving ball on the green en route to an 83 and a dead-last finish. Mickelson's shocking display in the third round earned him a two-stroke penalty and led to a 10 on the hole, an 81 overall. As a result, he incurred a two stroke penalty for a breach of Rule 14-5.




The 2018 U.S. Open is well underway.

Guess what: He was back the next year at Pebble Beach, where he pumped three shots into the Pacific Ocean on the famed 18th and hit another shot into someone's backyard.

The five-time major victor prevented that from happening by running after the ball and hitting it while it was still rolling, a breach of rule 14-5 which incurs a two-shot penalty.

There were initial rumours Mickelson had withdrawn from the event, while the USGA refused to comment on whether the five-time major champion would face any misconduct charges for his behaviour. The two players shared a laugh after the freaky turn of events and Johnston later said he's never seen anything like it.

However, Berger's score, which equalled the lowest of the week so far, proved that it was possible to make up ground, the world number 43 carding six birdies and two bogeys to move just outside the top 10. It was about to start rolling down another ridge when Mickelson ran after it and hit it back toward the hole.

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