Mickelson throws 'putting tantrum' at US Open

Hope Soto
June 17, 2018

Phil Mickelson reacts to his putt on the third hole during the third round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y.

Mickelson was faced with a 12-foot bogey putt and after sending it well past the hole, Lefty ran to his ball to hit it again before it went down the slope.

On the Fox broadcast, David Fay, the top man at the USGA before retiring in 2010, said that after hearing Mickelson's remarks after the round, Fay would take a different view than the USGA committee that assessed the two-shot penalty.

That's was John Daly's reasoning when he pulled a similar stunt at the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, saying it was his response to poor pin positions. He then said: "This is my last U.S. Open - ever. I just finally did".

Mickelson and playing partner Andrew Johnston were laughing about the incident as they walked off the green and Mickelson added: "How can you not laugh?"

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Johnson held a four-shot lead over fellow Americans Scott Piercy and Charley Hoffman as he looks to claim a second US Open title in the space of three years. In that situation, I was just going back and forth.

Another player who let things get to him was Kirk Triplett in 1998 at Olympic Club. He had four consecutive bogeys before parring the 12th, despite the serenading of "Happy Birthday" from the crowds at every hole.

Asked if people would find his actions on No. 13 disrespectful, Mickelson said: "It's meant to take advantage of the rules as best as you can. I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display". "As a result, he incurred a two stroke penalty for a breach of Rule 14-5".

The greens have been a nightmare for the world's best golfers as only one player is under par and numerous game's biggest names failed to make the cut.

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