I don't mean any disrespect, says Phil Mickelson after hitting moving ball

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Saturday is always considered "Moving Day" at a golf tournament but Phil Mickelson took that phrase a little too far during his third round at the U.S. Open.

Daly was roundly criticized for what he did, as was Mickelson, although Mickelson had to absorb the wrath of Twitter amid dozens of replays shown on the Fox telecast.

I'm going out on a limb here, but I predict that Mickelson won't win the tournament.

"At that time I didn't feel like going back-and-forth and hitting the same shot over", Mickelson said after his round, admitting he knew he'd be penalised.

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"Phil really did want to understand how the rule operates because he didn't want to. frankly, as he said to me, he goes, Mike, I don't want to play in this championship if I should have been disqualified", said Davis.

On a dramatic, controversy-filled day at Shinnecock Hills, two players who teed off roughly five hours before the final pairing just kept rising up the leaderboard. "I don't mean it in any disrespect and if that's the way people take it, I apologize". The USGA, pilloried for its complicity, held two news conferences Saturday to defend the ruling (and the set-up of the golf course for round three), then issued a statement Sunday morning that included another, equally dubious explanation of why it didn't disqualify Mickelson. He made par at the 12th and came to the 366-yard par-4 13th and just snapped. "So it's just us applying the rules".

Phil Mickelson took one of the more freaky penalties you will ever see at a major golf championship when he intentionally putted a ball that was still rolling. After the same two-shot penalty, he made an 11 on the hole and claimed afterward that his penalty was in protest against the USGA for setting so many dicey hole locations.

The Englishman also said he had been verbally abused on every hole by spectators, and at one point spectators cheered as his ball dribbled off a green with some loudly calling him a "clown".

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Mickelson played the third round with England's Andrew "Beef" Johnston, who had a hard time believing what he was seeing.

"Saturday is traditionally our peak day", says Janeen Driscoll, the USGA's communications director. If you're taking it that way, that's not on me. He hammed it up in mock celebration, raising his arms in triumph. "I had a good time". To his wife, though, it was no more than an "uncharacteristic" incident.

Some insisted that Mickelson's actions were against the spirit of the law and could be considered a "major breach" of the Rules of Golf, which result in disqualification.

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