Lefty nearly joins the 59 Club
By mustang6560 on 2/1/13
The Waste Management Phoenix Open is one of the most—if not the most—exciting golf tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule. The Coliseum attracts golf and sports fans alike to TPC Scottsdale by the thousands to lube up and let loose in a very un-golf like manner on the par-3 16th. Yesterday, Phil Mickelson injected an extra level of excitement into the first round with a brilliant performance.

Only five people in the history of the PGA Tour have shot 59 and Lefty gave himself two looks to become the sixth. Phil left his 18-foot birdie putt on hole eight (his 17th) five inches short. After a great drive and decent approach on the ninth, he needed to drain a 26-foot birdie putt to join the 59 Club. The fans, Bones (Phil's caddie), and Lefty were ready to celebrate the historic round after the ball left his putter face. Unfortunately, the golf gods were cruel to Phil yesterday as birdie putt horseshoed around the cup and he was left to tap in for 60.

All is not lost though. With his course record-tying 60, he joins Zach Johnson as only the second player in the history of the PGA Tour to shoot 60 twice in their career. It doesn't replace the disappointment but it's a silver-lining nonetheless.

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[ comments ]
legitimatebeef says:
Probably doomed it with the early walk. Golf gods don't seem to like that.
GBogey says:
Amazing given that he didn't seem able to find a fairway or sink anything over 3 feet last weekend.
bkuehn1952 says:
@legitimate: one of the caddies (not Bones) undoubtedly said "great putt" when the ball was 3 feet from the hole. Seems to work for all my opponents when I am trying to make a putt.
legitimatebeef says:
Ah, early walk AND early call huh? Shame.
dottomm says:
I used to not believe in jinxing putts, but I've definitely learned my lesson. Keep the mouth shut until the ball is in the bottom of the cup.
Kurt the Knife says:
what a turn around. Last week he couldnt drop anything. Actually is encouraging in a way. Golf gods are fickle indeed.
Banker85 says:
HA! cruel but deserved it with the early calls.
mmontisano says:
he's one of my favorite players, but Nobilo called it. that putt just seems to sum up Phil's entire career. almost great.
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