SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Saying that he meant no disregard to a diversion or a tournament, Phil Mickelson shielded his preference to strike a relocating turn that was rolling off a immature during a third turn of a U.S. Open, observant that he’d “still be out there,” if he had not disregarded a rules.
Mickelson, who distinguished his 48th birthday during Shinnecock Hills, saw his spook putt on a 13th hole slip low of a hole and start to drip divided to a indicate that he ran after it and strike it again before it stopped, rub-down a turn past a hole.
From there, he two-putted, and was assessed a two-stroke chastisement for attack a relocating ball, heading to a measure of 10 on a par-4 hole. He shot 81 for a round.
“I don’t meant it disrespectful; if you’re holding it that way, that’s not on me,” Mickelson told reporters after a round. “I’m contemptible that you’re holding it that way, it’s positively not meant that way. Sometimes in these situations, it’s only easier to take a dual shots and pierce on.”
John Bodenhamer, a United State’s Golf Association’s comparison handling executive of championships and governance, pronounced Mickelson was penalized dual strokes underneath Rule 14-5, that addresses a actor attack a relocating ball.
It seems that Mickelson avoided serve chastisement of suspension since he did not stop a ball; while a technicality, he strike it while moving, that is deemed to be opposite and underneath care for a “serious crack of etiquette.”
“That can happen, [but] that’s not what we operated underneath here,” Bodenamer said. “We are handling quite underneath [Rule] 14-5 that is flattering transparent that he played a relocating ball. We are handling underneath what we saw.”
Mickelson, who has 6 runner-up finishes during a U.S. Open, has a unpleasant story with Shinnecock, where he tied for fourth in 1995 and was second in 2004 during a quite argumentative week due to march setup.
The five-time vital champion and Hall of Famer has not been bashful about criticizing a USGA for a approach it has set adult a championships, quite during Shinnecock. But he praised a setup progressing this week and pronounced again Saturday that it was tough and “everyone has to play it.”
Mickelson played a third turn with England’s Andrew “Beef” Johnston, who had a tough time desiring what he was seeing.
“I pronounced that’s one of a strangest things I’ve ever seen and afterwards only started laughing, to be honest,” Johnston said. “I pronounced I’m sorry, though I’ve got to giggle during this.”
Asked if he had an emanate with what Mickelson did, Johnston said: “No, not during all. Again, I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s something we competence see during a home march with your friends or something. But it was only a impulse — we consider it’s a impulse of madness.
“But it’s zero unpleasant to me or to a U.S. Open or anything. It’s only one of them things that only happened.”
Mickelson, however, pronounced he did not have a duration relapse and did not do it out of frustration. He offering that he knows a manners and that holding a two-shot chastisement was improved than a alternative.
“I only didn’t feel like going behind and onward and attack a same shot over,” he said. “I took a two-shot chastisement and changed on. It’s my bargain of a rules. I’ve had mixed times where I’ve wanted to do that. we only finally did.”
Mickelson’s 81 matched his top measure in 101 U.S. Open rounds, this his 27th U.S. Open. His other 81 occurred in 1992 during Pebble Beach, when he was creation his veteran debut.
With rounds of 77-69-81, Mickelson finished 54 holes during 17 over standard and in 65th place.