"I don't mean disrespect to anybody", Mickelson said after his round.
Mickelson made one of the most shocking breaches of the rules in recent golf history during the third round of the U.S. Open on Saturday, hitting a moving ball on the putting green before it rolled farther away. The ball was still moving when Mickelson swung at it.
Mickelson later said he did not mean the shot to be disrespectful, saying there was "no question" the ball was going to roll off the green, and he made a decision to take the penalty rather than the alternative.
While we've seen this from guys like John Daly, but it's definitely not something I would expect from Lefty and even though it is humorous, it's a bit disappointing.
Mickelson, who has been a US Open runner-up six times, most recently in 2013, was having a miserable time Saturday before reaching 13. He was on the 13th hole and was putting down a steep slope, then hit his first putt way too hard, sending the ball tumbling down past the hole and seemingly headed off the green.
For some reason, he chose to give himself the gift of a two-stroke penalty during the third round of the U.S. Open. "I've had multiple times where I've wanted to do that, I just finally did".
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Not a good look for the birthday boy, who apparently is simply becoming a grumpy old man. He then said: "This is my last U.S. Open - ever".
He trotted after it and when the ball was about 15 feet beyond the hole, and still trickling, he hit it back towards the hole.
Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.
"I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display." he said when asked about it by Curtis Strange of Fox.
According to ESPN, that matched his worst score on a U.S. Open hole as a professional and set a career record for worst score relative to par at the U.S. Open as a pro.