Phil Mickelson putting meltdown at U.S. Open is epic

Tanya Simon
June 17, 2018

Not exactly what you'd expect from one of the giants of the sport in the U.S. Open.

It was about to start rolling down another ridge when Mickelson ran after it and hit it back toward the hole.

History suggests the 33-year-old is an odds-on favourite to become only the second player after Tiger Woods to win while ranked world number one, with five of the previous six players to hold a halfway lead of four shots or more going on to win. In fairness to Mickelson, the best aren't immune to a brain freeze or a meltdown and he'll surely put his act down to something like that. But Daly was always the combustible outlaw type, whereas Mickelson has a carefully cultivated image as one of the game's leading ambassadors.

Phil Mickelson reacts to a shot from the fescue on the fifth hole during the third round of the U.S. Open.

As he walked off the green, he could be seen smiling and talking to playing partner Andrew Johnston, who also was smiling. Then he kept on with his round and parred the most hard hole on the course, the 14th, still smiling and acknowledging fans. "The last time I saw something like that was John Daly at the '99 [U.S.] Open at Pinehurst".

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"I've never seen anything like that from a world class player in my life", said odd.

Fox analyst Paul Azinger speculated that Mickelson just snapped after seeing how bad his putt was.

Whether it was the pressure of trying to complete the career grand slam or the pressure of Shinnecock's fast and undulating greens, Phil Mickelson went and lost his mind.

As he's still on the golf course at the time of this writing, Mickelson hasn't yet spoken on the matter but word from the FOX broadcast is that he took the penalty on objective in protest of the pin placements and the setup in general, a setup that he actually said he enjoyed earlier in the week.

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