See that? That’s how close Phil Mickelson just came to recording what would have been only the sixth round of 59 in PGA tour history.
Less than an inch.
Mickelson was on fire during his first round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open (what an unbelievably horrible name) today. He posted a 60, which is obviously worthy of celebration, but he came so close to dropping into the magical realm of the 50s.
En route to shooting 60, Mickelson was 16 for 17 on putts of 25 feet and less — ridiculous accuracy. His hot streak ended on 18, however, as a long putt just barely lipped out and he had to “settle” for an 11-under round and a large lead in the tournament.
Interestingly, Mickelson’s actually shot a 59 before. It happened at the 2004 Grand Slam of Golf event, but that particular tournament isn’t recognized as an official PGA Tour event.
The last golfers to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour were Stuart Appleby and Paul Goydos, who both accomplished the rare feat in 2010. David Duval (1999), Chip Beck (1991) and Al Geiberger (1977) are the only others to do it.