He attempted to sink a bogey putt, but the ball snuck past the hole, prompting Mickelson to jog after it and hit it while it was still moving to keep it from rolling down a hill.
"A player is deemed to have committed a serious breach of Rule 1-2 if the Committee considers that the action taken in breach of this Rule has allowed him or another player to gain a significant advantage or has placed another player, other than his partner, at a significant disadvantage".
Mickelson had nothing to say to the media after signing for a 16-over 296 total. "I don't mean it in any disrespect and if that's the way people take it, I apologize".
Mickelson, who also tweeted his feelings in a swipe at USGA, said it was fortunate Mickelson laughed the matter off.
Mickelson, 48, did not speak to reporters after Sunday's final round of the U.S. Open, where he finished in a share of 48th place and 15 shots back of repeat champion Brooks Koepka. It's my understanding of the rules, I've had multiple times where I've wanted to do that I just finally did it.
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However, that has led to Sanchez becoming a target of hate messages on social media with some even calling for his death. One clip of the clean-up operation, shared by Argentinean channel TyC Sports, has been viewed more than 4 million times .
USGA's senior managing director of championships and governance John Bodenhamer stated that the reason Mickelson was not disqualified from the competition was because Mickelson "didn't purposely deflect or stop the ball, which is talked about in the reference under Rule 14-5".
"That's different than if he had deliberately just stopped the ball or whacked it in another direction or something like that. You take the two shots and you move on". "Phil knows the rules". Had he played the ball conventionally, he risked a score higher than the 10 he ended up getting on the par 4 hole. "He knows the rules".
"I said, 'That's one of the strangest things I've ever seen, ' and then just started laughing", Johnston said, according to Golfchannel.com. "I felt there was a massive overreaction to it".
"It's a tournament that Phil has come so close to winning over the past few years".
"Plus, it's probably becoming the hardest one to win for anyone because it is a bit of a lottery at times", McIlroy said Tuesday.