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Phil Mickelson freestyles hole 13 of US Open Championship

Phil Mickelson freestyles hole 13 of US Open Championship

Elsewhere, Phil Mickelson celebrated his 48th birthday with one of the more freaky moments of his career.

Phil Mickelson's 48th birthday took a stunning turn at the US Open on Saturday when he stopped a putt from rolling off the 13th green. With the two-shot penalty, he was given a sextuple-bogey 10 on the hole and was 10 over for his round.

Mickelson tried to downplay the controversy and offered a limp apology to reporters after signing his scorecard.

"If somebody is offended by that, I apologize to them but toughen up".

Phil Mickelson came to this US Open looking to end his curse at the championship and so join the immortals who have completed the career grand slam. "He just laughed at me, he had no words to say. I feel like you've got to take it from me, to be honest".

Former European Tour player Tony Johnstone wrote: "How can the USGA NOT kick his butt out of there?"

"In that situation, I was just going back and forth".

"I've had multiple times where I've wanted to do that", Mickelson said, explaining he preferred the 2-stroke penalty to having to play the ball from off the green. Even USGA CEO Mike Davis admitted the course went over the edge in spots late in the day.




"I didn't want to continue my (putting) display and I gladly took the two-shot penalty and moved on", he said.

I can't believe what I just saw Phil Mickelson do at the U.S. Open.

Meanwhile others simply saw the amusing side.

What everyone might remember most about Mickelson's time here in Southampton is his freakish actions on hole No. 13.

"I wasn't going to have a shot", he said. "It's just one of them things that just happened".

The incident on Mickelson's 48th birthday brought to mind a similar episode by John Daly during the 1999 US Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

The start of that sequence was for bogey on the par-four 13th.

It's the type of thing you'd see a stroppy youngster perform, frustrated at their putt not going into the hole. It brought back memories of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock in 2004 when the course became almost unplayable in windy, dry conditions.


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