Phil Mickelson has moment of madness at US Open

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Veteran golfer Phil Mickelson was criticized for putting a moving ball at the 2018 US Open.

Mickelson, who turned 48 on Saturday, hit a moving ball at the par-4 13th hole at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. "There was no reprieve out there with any shots but I survived it and I've now got a good shot", said Rose.

"It's my understanding of the rules".

"I've wanted to do it many times before and finally did. We all have a moment in life sometimes and that was kind of a moment I think for him".

"As the day went on it continued to get more tough", said two-times PGA Tour victor Berger, who noticed the course starting to become more hard on about the 12th hole.

"At that time, I just didn't feel like going back and forth and hitting the same shot over", he said to reporters after shooting an 81, matching his career-worst score at the U.S. Open, as Golfchannel.com reported. "If that is not a serious breach of the etiquette of the game, I don't know what is". Under Rule 1-2, the blue coats could have deemed that Mickelson's shenanigans gave him "a significant advantage", resulting in disqualification.

Mike Davis, chief executive of the USGA said later: "We want the US Open to be tough, but we saw some examples late in the day where well executed shots were not only not being rewarded, but in some cases penalized".

Although the USGA kind of put their hands up and admitted that the course got out of control, they never said sorry for it.

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Not everyone accepted Mickelson's explanation of his decision to make the controversial move - and many were quick to say that since Mickelson wasn't disqualified by tournament officials, he should have disqualified himself.

Although part of me loved the chaos and madness of it all, as it made for a compelling day of sporting drama, I do recognise it was completely ridiculous what happened during the third round.

But Mickelson said the incident wasn't a childish display of frustration from a five-time major champion celebrating his 48th birthday. "I just kept saying 'What is he doing? But I'm in a decent position", he said after dropping back to five over overall.

"I wasn't going to have a shot", he said.

The flamboyant Daly, however, was already considered unpredictable, whereas Mickelson's reputation as American golf's golden man has been cultivated over nearly three decades of exemplary behavior on the course. It's something you might see at your home course with your mates or something.

The moment was one thing.

Oh, and it's Phil's birthday today, too, though you can't really tell; he's the one giving us all of the gifts. So I think it's pretty easy to figure out what one was the day where they lost the golf course a little bit.

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