Phil Mickelson is all of us.
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. Taking his two-shot penalty, the extremely unusual incident divided viewers between those who condemned the action, and those who saw the amusing side of it.
With the penalty he racked up a sextuple bogey 10 at the par-four hole - although it took some minutes for the scoreboard to catch up with him. "But it was just a moment - I think it's just a moment of madness". Mickelson said he thought it would have taken him more than two strokes if he had let the ball keep rolling.
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"I was laughing. I was having fun", he said.
"Oh, no question; it was going to go down in the same spot behind the bunker and I wasn't going to have a shot", Mickelson said. In that situation, I was just going back and forth.
In interviews with Fox Sports and reporters afterward, Mickelson, who finished with an 81 on a day when fans serenaded him throughout the course on his 48 birthday, insisted he meant no disrespect. He needed two more putts to get down from there. I mean, you want to always use them in your favour.
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"That's where we clarified that, 'Phil, you actually made a stroke at a moving ball, and so we have to apply that rule'".
The U.S. Open remains the only major that Phil hasn't captured in his career, after Masters wins in 2004, 2006, and 2010, a PGA Championship in 2005, and a British Open in 2013. "I've never seen anything like that from a world-class player in my life". "It was unusual, no one ever has those thoughts, it just happens".
It conjured up memories of John Daly hitting a moving ball that rolled off the green during the fourth round of the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. I don't know if it would have saved me a shot or not.
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