Phil Mickelson apologizes for putting a moving ball at US Open

Andrew'Beef Johnston described playing partner Phil Mickelson's putt as a'moment of madness

While many of Mickelson's peers were critical of his actions, McIlroy was sympathetic, describing the fallout as "a massive overreaction" while at the same time admitting he would not have gone as far to protest at the course set-up.

Top England golfer Lee Westwood says the USA Golf Association has set a risky precedent in not disqualifying Phil Mickelson from the US Open for hitting a moving ball.

Mickelson's bogey putt at Shinnecock Hills' par-four 13th skated past the cup and was heading down a slope when he trotted after it and batted it back toward the hole with his putter.

"I know this should've come sooner, but it's taken me a few days to calm down", he said. "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 think it's just one of the moments where you're not thinking about it".

Mickelson eventually finished the tournament in a tie for 48th place, 15 shots behind victor Brooks Koepka.

Mickelson, who is seeking a US Open title to become the sixth player in the history of golf to complete the career Grand Slam, has finished runner-up in the event six times, including four times in NY (at Shinnecock in 2004, Winged Foot in 2006 and Bethpage Black in 2002 and 2009).

Mickelson later told reporters he anxious his putt was going to roll off the green entirely, so he determined a two-stroke penalty would be a preferable outcome.

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Confirmation of Mickelson being added to the Gullane line up comes hot on the heels of Masters champion Patrick Reed and European No 1 Tommy Fleetwood both commiting to the event.

He jogged after his putt which rolled past the 13th hole then hit it again while it was still moving, incurring an automatic two-stroke penalty, making it 10 shots for the hole.

Amid the calls for his removal from the tournament, Mickelson on Saturday did meet with USGA officials to discuss whether he should withdraw. Like anybody, good people make mistakes.

"Phil knows the rules", Spieth said.

She says Davis told him he was within the rules and should play on.

"That's where we clarified", Davis said, telling Mickelson he "made a stroke at a moving ball, and so we have to apply that rule".

The five-times major champion was lambasted on Saturday night by some current and former players, many of whom said the Californian should have been disqualified for his transgression, particularly after saying it was a deliberate move and not the result of a brain freeze.

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