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Phil Mickelson Explains Reasoning Behind Decision To Blatantly Break Rule

A drama-filled Saturday is in progress in the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

Dustin Johnson had a four-shot lead teeing off, and eight holes later he is +6 for his round, now two shots behind leader Henrik Stenson. The usually mild-mannered Zack Johnson has blasted the difficult set-up, saying: “They’ve lost the golf course. When you’ve a championship which comes down to sheer luck, that’s not right.”

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

Already four over for his third round, Mickelson missed a poor putt on the 13th for bogey. While the ball was still rolling, he decided to hit it, incurring a two-shot penalty and taking a 10 on the par four en-route to a +11 round of 81.

Speaking to Curtis Strange of FOX Sports afterwards, Mickelson was very much defensive of what he did, and said that he decided to take advantage of a loophole in the sometimes archaic rules of golf.

“I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display”, he stated.

“It was meant to take advantage of the rules as best as you can. Look, I don’t mean disrespect to anybody. I know it’s a two-shot penalty. At that time, I just didn’t feel like going back and forth. It’s my understanding of the rules. I’ve had multiple times where I’ve wanted to do that, I just finally did.”

Phil was in rare form in dropping his last riposte.

“If somebody’s offended by that, I apologize. But toughen up.”

A vociferous reaction may see the popular legend renege on his comments once he reflects, but in his self-inflicted embarrassment, he has also highlighted the strange nature of golf rulings.

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