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 in disbelief.
He still had an easy putt to finish his round and ended with an 11-under 60, which was good enough to give him the first-round lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
“You don’t have chances to shoot 59 often,” Mickelson said. “To have that putt on line I’m kind of mortified that it didn’t go in.”
The heartbreak of the putt was best embodied by Mickelson’s caddie, Bones McKay, bent over on the ground in disappointment.
Mickelson’s 60 tied the course record, which he set in 2005.
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