Mickelson breaks rules again, gives self penalty

Phil Mickelson- cropped

Three weeks on from his weird actions at the U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson found himself at the center of another highly unusual rules controversy on Sunday.

Phil Mickelson, for the second time in as many starts, was penalized for a rules violation.

Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the third round of the Military Tribute at The Greenbrier golf tournament in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., on Saturday.

The 48-year-old duly explained the situation to a rules official, who confirmed Mickelson had violated Rule 13-2 by "improving his line of play".

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Perhaps the most impressive thing on Sunday, though, is that Mickelson recognized the rule violation himself - even though nobody else did and likely wouldn't have ever called him on it.

The message went as follows: "I know this should have come sooner, but it's taken me a few days to calm down". I'm embarrassed and disappointed by my actions.

Phil Mickelson was handed a two-shot penalty for the second successive tournament after a weird incident at the Greenbrier. The leaders started out Sunday's final round 13-strokes ahead of where Mickelson finished anyways.

Mickelson had clearly learnt from the mistakes of how he handled his incident at the US Open and keen to avoid further criticism and confrontation, so it has to be admired at the good grace in which he handled this latest incident.

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