Phil Mickelson shockingly chases, swats moving ball with putter

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Saturday is always considered "Moving Day" at a golf tournament but Phil Mickelson took that phrase a little too far during his third round at the U.S. Open.

After sending a bogey putt speeding past the cup on the 13th hole, Mickelson basically snapped.

"That's the most out of character I've ever seen Phil Mickelson", Paul Azinger said on the Fox broadcast.

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've wanted to do it many times before and finally did".

Mickelson has finished runner-up at the US Open on six occasions. The two players shared a laugh after the freakish turn of events and Johnston later said he's never seen anything like it.

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And just in case you didn't understand, he added the following while speaking to reporters: "If somebody's offended by that, I apologize".

Johnson held a four-shot lead over fellow Americans Scott Piercy and Charley Hoffman as he looks to claim a second US Open title in the space of three years. "I've had it with the USGA and the way they run their tournaments". That made for a 14, a total of 83 in the first round, and a withdrawal.

The start of that sequence was for bogey on the par-four 13th. "I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display". The ball was still moving when Mickelson swung at it.

That is a two-stroke penalty that is given after he finishes the hole.

The greens have been a nightmare for the world's best golfers as only one player is under par and numerous game's biggest names failed to make the cut.

"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 over", Mickelson said after his round.