Dahlberg: On 48th birthday, Phil Mickelson acts like a 10-year-old

Dahlberg: On 48th birthday, Phil Mickelson acts like a 10-year-old

Dahlberg: On 48th birthday, Phil Mickelson acts like a 10-year-old

He missed a bogey putt before running after his still-moving ball and hitting it back towards the hole before it could run off the front of the green. "I gladly take the two-shot penalty".

The rebound allowed him to play on his birthday, earning an 11:30 tee time pairing with Beef Johnston. It's my understanding of the rules. "I just finally did". It was going to go down in the same spot behind the bunker. And you take the two shots, and you move on. "I don't know if I was able to save a shot or not".

Strangely, the USGA deemed that Mickelson "played" the moving ball, rather than "moving or stopping" it, which could have brought disqualification into play.

According to one USGA rule, Mickelson could have been disqualified for the move if it had been determined that he had gained a "significant advantage".

The moment was one thing.

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

The tournament didn't end so well for fan-favorite Phil Mickelson. The people have made coming here over the decades an awesome experience. "He just laughed at me, he had no words to say".

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The chuckles continued on the next hole, when Mickelson tried to pull off a gravity-assisted trick shot. Like most pros at the 2018 U.S. Open in New York, Lefty has struggled something fierce thus far this week.

"We saw some examples late in the day where well executed shots were not only not being rewarded but in some cases penalized".

Mickelson has had a frustrating weekend at Shinnecock Hills, one of the more reviled major courses among pros.

"It was so unusual because I don't think anyone had them thoughts", Johnston said.

However you look at it, it was the kind of thing a 5-year-old does on a bad hole on a miniature golf course.

"Usually we sell everything well in advance, but NY is a very savvy ticket market and we've seen a lot of sales on-site".

Mickelson, who has been a U.S. Open runner-up six times, most recently in 2013, was having a miserable time Saturday before reaching 13.

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