Rory Mcilroy has his say on Phil Mickelson's US Open penalty putt

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Coming after Phil Mickelson's unmissable fiasco at the recent US Open, former world number 1 Rory McIlroy has had his say on the series of events.

On Saturday, Mickelson infamously putted the moving ball, which resulted in a two-stroke penalty, and despite what many critics were hoping not total disqualification.

When his missed bogey putt appeared to be heading off the green, The American hit it back towards the hole before eventually needing eight strokes to complete the par-four 13th.

After his round, he said he quickly decided the two-stroke penalty would be better than allowing the ball to roll off the green. The incident caught the eye of the whole of the golf world, and a number of players from the past and present have had their say on it. 

Rory McIlroy, a very decorated golfer spoke to various media outlets about the incident and had an interesting opinion on what happened and Mickelson's reaction afterwards.

Perhaps surprisingly, he sympathised for Mickelson, and claimed that some people had 'over-reacted'.

“I was practising when it happened,” McIlroy said at the $7 million Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

"When I came back in, I saw what happened. Honestly, I laughed. I felt there was a massive overreaction to it.

"Knowing Phil, he knew what he was doing. Look, a player that's been in that head space at that tournament, I can see it happening to people.

"Look, it's a tournament that Phil has come so close to winning over the past few years.

"He's probably seen what's happened over the past few years at that tournament, and it's frustrated him because it's the only one that he hasn't won.

"Plus it's probably becoming the hardest one to win for anyone because it is a bit of a lottery at times.

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"I don't know if I'd go to the lengths that he went to to make a statement like that, but I thought there was a massive overreaction to it."

As for Mickelson himself, he seemed to go AWOL for a few days, prompting fans to wonder if he was going to apologise. Eventually he did, and explained himself and also said sorry for the delay in his apology.

In a short but sweet statement, the 48-year-old Californian texted journalists: 

"I know this should've come sooner, but it's taken me a few days to calm down.

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"My anger and frustration got the best of me last weekend. I'm embarrassed and disappointed by my actions.

"It was clearly not my finest moment and I'm sorry."

Mickelson will have time to sit and reflect on his outburst, and will be sure not to make the same mistakes when he returns to the green later this year.

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