Phil Mickelson goes bonkers with his putter at the US Open

Phil Mickelson became the talk of tonight's round in the US Open when sanctioned for putting a moving ball.

Yes, that's what we'd call a meltdown. "It's amusing. I just wanted to get to the next hole and did not see that happening without the two shots".

The chuckles continued on the next hole, when Mickelson tried to pull off a gravity-assisted trick shot. He was crucified for hitting the ball while it was moving, but he might have made the smart play.

He then two-putted for 10, with the penalty.

"I've never seen anything like that from a world-class player in my life", unusual said. Except laugh? I said, 'C'mon man, tell me some good stories!' And then he told a couple.

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. He has finished runner-up in the U.S. Open a record six times, and he acknowledged that time was running out on his best chances to become just the sixth golfer in history to complete the career grand slam.

"It's something you might see at your home course with your mates or something", Johnston said.

Mickelson's actions were reminiscent of John Daly hitting a moving ball at Pinehurst No. 2 in the 1999 U.S. Open.

Asked if people would find his actions on No. 13 disrespectful, Mickelson said: "It's meant to take advantage of the rules as best as you can. I've had it with the USGA and the way they run their tournaments".

However, US Golf Association rules chief John Bodenhamer said Mickelson's breach did not reach such a level.

Already four over for his third round, Mickelson missed a poor putt on the 13th for bogey. "I don't know if it would have saved me a shot or not, but I might have saved my shot doing it the way I did it, too". And then you hit the next one and it almost goes off the green.