Several Tour pros have come out and said that Mickelson should have been disqualified for the actions. "Sometimes in these situations, it's just easier to take the two shots and move on".
Phil Mickelson of the United States plays a shot during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 10, 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
On Tuesday at the Travelers Championship, Jordan Spieth said he understood the position of those who criticized Mickelson, but he also believes Mickelson meant no disrespect the game and its rules. I just finally did.
He says: "My anger and frustration got the best of me last weekend".
The end result was a two-shot penalty and a 10 on the hole, but the damage done to Mickelson's reputation looks set to long outlast any damage on his scorecard. "So it's just, it's us applying the rules".
Mickelson's playing partner, Andrew "Beef" Johnston, said he saw Mickelson hit the moving ball and asked himself, "Is this actually happening?"
"John Daly's reputation took a hit after what he did at Pinehurst in '99 and I fear it will be the same for Phil", former U.S. Golf Association executive director David Fay said.
Think about it. One of the greatest players in the world literally running after a putt moving down a hill and swinging his putter like a miniature hockey stick to knock it back toward the hole.
Later, after acknowledging he was using Rule 14-5 to his advantage, Mickelson called USGA officials.
As the fallout continued in the last few days, Mickelson clearly came to the realization that it wasn't amusing and felt compelled to tell the public what he was truly feeling at the time - even though it came four days late.
'You might have a bad day at work or do something or say something that you regret.
"I laughed, I thought it was really amusing", Spieth said, via Golf.com. If you're taking it that way, that's not on me. He has been confronted with countless rulings during his 49 professional wins but, for all that Mickelson has experienced, what occurred on the 13th hole on Saturday at the US Open has to go down as the most extraordinary sequence of his storied career.
Returning to the scene of the "crime", Mickelson made par on the 13th for a six-shot improvement from round three before raising his arms in mock triumph.
Davis said Mickelson wanted information "because he said, 'I've been hearing stuff in the media that maybe it's a disqualification.' I said, 'Phil, that's simply not the case'. It was a good day".
Mickelson's explanation was another. To his wife, though, it was no more than an "uncharacteristic" incident.
The broadcast stayed on the topic for some time, which makes sense; you literally never see that happen at this level, much less at the U.S. Open. "I tried to hit it as close as I could on the next one, and you take the two shots and move on".