The incident on Mickelson's 48th birthday brought to mind a similar episode by John Daly during the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
Australian major victor Elkington joined a chorus of former players and fans calling for five-time major victor Mickelson to be disqualified from the Shinnecock Hills event in NY after his freaky meltdown. He was assessed a two-stroke penalty, scored a 10 on the hole - the highest number anyone has managed in this tournament - and wound up shooting 81. Mickelson hit the downhill putt a little firm but watched as it missed the cup and began rolling past the hole.
"If he acted like that all the time, I think that's different", she said.
Mickelson said he did not mean to be disrespectful and Johnston had no issue with the birthday boy.
"It's meant to take advantage of the rules the best you can. You take the two shots and you move on".
If you haven't seen it yet, it's a sight to behold.
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"Phil really did want to understand how the rule operates", Davis said, via Randall Mell of the Gold Channel.
Two-time US Open champion Curtis Strange added: "I've never seen anything like that from a world class player in my life." whereas LPGA star Christina Kim went even further, describing the scenes as "ghastly". Like anybody, good people make mistakes.
The infraction earned Mickelson a two-stroke penalty, but many believe he should have been disqualified. "But I'm in a decent position", he said after dropping back to five over overall.
"So to knock that past and then hit the putt going back towards back off the green, I think it's just one of the moments where you're not thinking about it". "I don't know if I was able to save a shot or not". I just finally did. Joe Buck announced after Mickelson had made par at the next hole that his score on the 13th had been changed to a sextuple-bogey 10. Phil knew the rule, Amy said, but when he got home and heard all the talk about disqualification, he picked up the phone during the afternoon telecast.
"It has been on the golf course, players complaining, Phil - you never really want that because it is such a hard thing to win a major".
But after a first double bogey of the week at the par-three second, four bogeys followed on the front nine as Johnson surrendered the lead.
"Saturday is traditionally our peak day", says Janeen Driscoll, the USGA's communications director.