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US Open: Justin Rose trails Dustin Johnson and three others by one at Shinnecock Hills

US Open: Justin Rose trails Dustin Johnson and three others by one at Shinnecock Hills

Justin Rose won the 2013 US Open at Merion Golf Club
bbc.comEngland's Justin Rose emerged from a chaotic and controversial third round at the US Open one shot adrift of a four-way tie for the lead.Rose, the 2013 champion, shot a three-over 73 at Shinnecock Hills to end four over and trail Dustin Johnson, Daniel Berger, Tony Finau, and Brooks Koepka.World number one Johnson, who had led by four overnight, shot a 77.
Phil Mickelson incurred a two-shot penalty after stopping his ball from rolling off the 13th green in his 81.
Mickelson's 'moment of madness'
Mickelson defended his decision to jog after and then hit his missed bogey putt back towards the hole despite the ball still moving and appearing to be heading off the green. He eventually needed eight strokes to complete the hole before accepting a two-shot penalty for "making a stroke at a moving ball", rather than the more severe offence of "an action with the intent to influence the movement of a ball in play" which could have resulted in disqualification. The five-time major champion, celebrating his 48th birthday, said he quickly decided the two-stroke penalty would be better than allowing the ball to roll of the green. "If someone is offended I apologise, but toughen up. Knowing the rules is never a bad thing. You always want to use them in your favour.," said Mickelson. Playing partner Andrew Johnston laughed off the incident as "a moment of madness".Former Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, labelled the incident "comical" and conceded Mickelson was "very lucky" to be handed "the softer option" of the two-shot penalty over potential disqualification. Steve Elkington, the 1995 US PGA champion, was among several former players calling for Mickelson to be disqualified and he added on Twitter: "Absolutely 100% conduct unbecoming."More to follow.
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