Mickelson battles his way into weekend at US Open

Not exactly what you'd expect from one of the giants of the sport in the U.S. Open. He got off to a decent start on Saturday with three consecutive pars and then birdied the 481-yard, par-4 fourth hole to get to 1-under for the day.

Mickelson then marked his stationary ball before taking two more putts for an eight, which was later corrected to a 10 after he was assessed a two-stroke penalty.

And just in case you didn't understand, he added the following while speaking to reporters: "If somebody's offended by that, I apologize". Mickelson hit his bogey putt well past the hole and it appeared that it might roll off the green.

Afterwards, Mickelson - who is now on +17 after three rounds at Shinnecock Hills - says he has long wanted to give up on a hole by hitting a moving ball. Mickelson was penalized two shots and posted a 10, but the trouble it caused - some people called for Mickelson to be disqualified - far exceeded the score. It's one of the funniest things I ever seen.' I said to him, 'I've never seen anything like it'.

Saturday was Mickelson's 48th birthday, and there were good vibes everywhere early in his round.

'I know it's a two-shot penalty hitting a moving ball.

"I've wanted to do it many times before and finally did". I did not feel like continuing going back and forth. "I've had it with the USGA and the way they run their tournaments". That made for a 14, a total of 83 in the first round, and a withdrawal. He himself apologised, insisting that he had "meant no disrespect". He had those four consecutive bogeys before a par at the 12th.

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