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Watch: Phil takes 2-shot penalty for hitting moving ball

Phil Mickelson on Saturday at the 2018 U.S. Open.
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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – A frustrated Phil Mickelson is having a birthday to forget at the U.S. Open.

On his 48th birthday Saturday, Mickelson was already 4 over par for the day when he had a bizarre incident on the 13th tee.

Facing a 12-footer for bogey, his ball raced past the cup. As his ball started to ride the slope at the front of the green, Mickelson jogged to catch up with the moving ball and smacked it back toward the cup.

He marked that ball and holed the putt for triple. He was assessed a two-shot penalty for hitting a moving ball, turning his quadruple-bogey 8 into a 10.

He left the green with a wry smile.

“That’s the most out of character I’ve ever seen Phil Mickelson,” Paul Azinger said on the Fox broadcast. “He just snapped.”

Still searching for his first U.S. Open victory, Mickelson made the cut after rounds of 77-69.