Watch Phil Mickelson Intentionally Hit Moving Ball At U.S. Open

The US Open witnessed a bizarre moment as Phil Mickelson struck a moving ball on the greens

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -Phil Mickelson, who's known for playing by the rules, stepped out of character on his birthday at the U.S. Open.

It was a childish display from a five-time major victor celebrating his 48th birthday.

Future Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson drew the ire of golf analysts and fans around the world with a choice he made on the 13th hole at Shinnecock Hills. I took the two-shot penalty and moved on.

"I know it's a two shot penalty and at that time I just didn't feel like going back and forth and hitting the same shot".

"I think he just snapped".

Instead, in a surprising post-round interview, the American claimed that his decision to putt his moving ball back up the green was indeed a deliberate action.

He was assessed a two-stroke penalty and ended up scoring a 10 on the par 4.

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Following an opening-round 77, Mickelson followed it up with a 1-under-par round of 69 in Friday's second round but was still a full 10 shots behind leader Dustin Johnson heading into the weekend.

"No question it was going to go down into the same spot behind the bunker".

Saturday was Mickelson's 48th birthday, and there were good vibes everywhere early in his round. Gotten to that point where you've just had enough of the course or setup?

It was a shocking display on the 13th green at Shinnecock Hills on Saturday.

Mickelson has finished runner-up a record six times in the US Open, the last major he needs to complete the set of all four of golf's big titles.

"It would mean an very bad lot, I want to be the sixth", Mickelson said before the tournament began.

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