Phil Mickelson apologizes for putting moving ball at U.S. Open

Mickelson's actions caught Beef Johnston by surprise

Mickelson's actions caught Beef Johnston by surprise

"My anger and frustration got the best of me last weekend", Mickelson told Golf Channel in a note shared with a select group of media members. I'm embarrassed and disappointed by my actions. I'm sorry you're taking it that way.

Mickelson caused a storm when he ran out of patience at the 13th in his third round, chasing a putt that rolled past the cup and hitting the ball back toward the hole before it had stopped rolling down the slope.

Rather than let a missed putt slide down a ridge and into a bunker, Mickelson chased after the ball and hit it while moving.

He was assessed a two-stroke penalty and made a 10 on the hole, but his actions started a heated controversy in the golf world.

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Usually the U.S. Open outrage is reserved for course setup, but Mickelson offered casual fans and purists something else to debate over the weekend.

Several Tour pros have come out and said that Mickelson should have been disqualified for the actions.

"I don't mean disrespect to anybody", said Mickelson on Saturday after his round. "I don't know if I'd go to the lengths he went to make a statement like that, but I felt there was a massive overreaction to it". "I'll gladly take my 2 strokes and move on". The conditions the first day were tough, but I just shot myself in the foot. "Just say, 'Listen, I can't believe I just did that.' It's a pretty heavy penalty, and he doesn't need to be crucified on top of that".

"It's meant to take advantage of the rules as best as you can".

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"I was practising when it happened", McIlroy said at the $7 million Travelers Championship in CT, where he is hoping to bounce back from last week's missed cut at Shinnecock Hills and build momentum for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and The Open. "Sometimes it gets a little goofy, sure ... but it's all within the rules".

"Phil really did want to understand how the rule operates because he didn't want he said to me, 'Mike, I don't want to play in this championship if I should have been disqualified, '" USGA chief executive Mike Davis said. "So it's just, it's us applying the rules".

"How can you not laugh?"

The apology comes after some initial defiance on the matter from Mickelson.

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