His wife, Amy, claimed in an interview with Golfweek that he offered to withdraw, although Davis would not confirm that as he defended the USGA's decision to impose a two-shot penalty under Rule 14-5 for "making a stroke at a moving ball". Phil Mickelson is clearly not having his best week at the U.S. Open, and his round today wasn't going well.
Other players, however, were more measured and accepted the challenge for what it was. This was his way to bend the rules and take a shot at the USGA at the same time for making the green so hard. "The guy who moves on the quickest usually plays the best", Koepka told Sky Sports. And in that situation, it was just going- I was just going back and forth.
There is a four-way tie for the lead at +3 (yes, that's how hard it's been), with Daniel Berger, Tony Finau, defending champion Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson all locked together. Justin Rose is one shot back with Henrik Stenson a further shot adrift.
Butch Harmon and Luke Donald discuss the fallout from Phil Mickelson's controversial incident at the US Open, but did he offer to pull out of the tournament?
But Saturday at Shinnecock will always be remembered for Mickelson's antics.
John Bodenhamer, the USGA's managing director of championships and governance, took on the thorny question of Mickelson's awesome swipe at his moving ball on the 13th green.
As such, Mickelson was not disqualified.
"He didn't deflect it or stop it". "I've never seen anything like that from a world-class player in my life", said odd. "It was just a moment of madness, but nothing disrespectful", said Johnson. On the green in three, Mickelson had an 18-footer for a par, but as his ball zoomed past the hole and on to the slope heading off the putting surface, his frustration boiled over. I wanted to get to the next hole and I didn't see that happening at the time without the two shots.
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He trotted after it and when the ball was about 15 feet beyond the hole, and still trickling, he hit it back towards the cup. Among those playing early was Phil Mickelson, who purposely struck a moving ball on the 13th green Saturday.
"That's where we clarified that, 'Phil, you actually made a stroke at a moving ball, and so we have to apply that rule'".
"Look, I don't mean disrespect to anybody", he said.
Playing with England golfer Andrew Johnston - who later tweeted that the controversy did not affect his game after carding an 12-over 82 - Mickelson was seen laughing on the broadcast.
"I think knowing the rules is never a bad thing".
"It's brutal out there and he was upset the way he played the previous holes". It just got to him. It's something you might see at your home course with your mates or something.
He spent 25 minutes in the scorer's hut, kibitzed with family and friends for 10 more minutes, signed autographs for 30 minutes, then refused the USGA's request for a proper interview session and scampered off like a scalded cat.
Brooks Koepka, the defending champion, has seemed to come back a bit after an up-and-down start.
It certainly was one of the most surreal moments of all the 118 U.S. Opens contested.
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