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Phil Mickelson held his head in horror on the ninth green, his 18th of the day. His 26-foot putt birdie putt for 59 curled around the hole and stayed out.
"It's crushing," Mickelson said, "because you don't get that chance very often."
David Duval, who shot one of golf's magical 59s, tweeted: "he just got robbed."
No one would disagree.
Mickelson was attempting to become the sixth golfer to shoot 59 in a PGA Tour event. He settled for matching the TPC Scottsdale tournament record, one he already shared, with an 11-under-par 60 Thursday to take a four-stroke lead over four other golfers at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Mickelson, who started on the back nine, opened with four straight birdies and shot 29 on his first nine. He said he started thinking about 59 as he made the turn.
Then Mickelson birdied Nos. 1, 3 and 4. He needed only two more birdies over the final five holes. His thought at the time was "done deal. I'm go...
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Phil Mickelson putted with a chance for a PGA Tour record round of 59, only to miss by the narrowest margins and "settle" for a 12-under-par 60 Thursday to open the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday
Mickelson had 11 birdies and no bogeys on the par-71 TPC Scottsdale course in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Mickelson came about as close as you can come to a 59. Lefty's...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Phil Mickelson missed out on a 59 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open by a fraction of an inch Thursday.
Mickelson had a chance to become only the sixth player in PGA Tour history to break 60 with a 25-foot birdie attempt on his last hole, the par-4 ninth at the TPC Scottsdale. The putt looked good all the way, and Mickelson pointed his putter at the cup...
A 59 is almost unheard of in competitive golf. Phil Mickelson had a good chance to do it today in the first round of the Phoenix Open. Philly was on the 18th hole and lipped out a putt that would have made him the 6th person to ever shoot in the 50's in a PGA event. Check out the video below.
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Phil Mickelson tied a course record in Phoenix with a career-low round on Thursday, but he was just a centimeter or less away from posting an even more spectacular score.
Mickelson was putting on hole No. 9 – his final hole — for what would have been just the sixth 59 in PGA Tour history. The ball rolled toward the hole and lipped out, leaving Mickelson with an easy putt to...
Talk about having a good day.
PGA Golfer Phil Mickelson, already recognized as one of the greats playing the game today, added to his legend Thursday at the Phoenix Open.
That's where he nearly went into the record books, shooting an 11-under, 60 to take the early first round lead.
Mickelson had a chance to walk away with a record tying 59, something done only 5 times...
Phil Mickelson missed a chance to break the PGA Tour's 36-hole scoring record when he finished with a double bogey after driving into the water at the Phoenix Open on Friday.
Mickelson followed his opening 60 with a 65 to reach 17-under 125, one stroke off the tour record for the first two rounds of a tournament shared by Pat Perez and David Toms.
Mickelson did tie the Phoenix...
Phil Mickelson putts for PGA Tour history, only to watch his birdie
attempt lip out.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Phil Mickelson missed out on a 59 by a fraction of an inch Thursday in the first round of the Phoenix Open.
Mickelson had a chance to become the sixth player in PGA Tour history to break 60 with a 25-foot birdie attempt on his last hole, the par-4 ninth at TPC Scottsdale. The putt looked good all the way, and Mickelson pointed his putter at the cup as he prepared...
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