Phil Mickelson just missed becoming only the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59 in a tournament (only 5 rounds out of an approximate 2 million rounds played have broken 60), when he lipped out his birdie putt on the ninth hole (his 18th) at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday. The putt, which would have been his 12th birdie on the round, was from 25 feet and it circled all the way around the cup before squirting out.
Lefty even admitted that he thought about shooting a 58 (no player has ever done that) when he made the turn to start his back nine.
“When I made that put on 18, which was my ninth hole, to turn in 7-under, I started thinking 59, 58 already,” he said. “And then I birdied number one, I birdied number three, I birdied four, and now I’ve got five holes left. I only need two. So, I’m actually thinking, gosh, if I can get three, I could do something nobody’s ever done.”
Watch the most painful lip-out of Lefty’s career below.