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Phil Mickelson Explains What Happened On No. 13 Green

Phil Mickelson looking at his shot as it flies through the air.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 10: 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. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Future Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson drew the ire of golf analysts and fans around the world with a choice he made on the 13th hole at Shinnecock Hills.

Putting for birdie, Mickelson pushed the ball wide. It looked like the ball was going to fly off the green when Mickelson hit the ball back towards the hole while it was still moving - which is illegal.

He was assessed a two-stroke penalty and ended up scoring a 10 on the par 4.

After his third round he addressed the media.

He attempted to explain his rationale.

You can see the initial putt here.

It's a black eye for Phil, at least according to the announcers at today's U.S. Open. He was crucified for hitting the ball while it was moving, but he might have made the smart play.

What did you think of the move?