SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Phil Mickelson specific his / her putter with the tumbler and also commenced for you to go around toward the hole, prepared to celebrate golf's wonder number.
Right on the end, though, this tennis ball caught the correct edge belonging to the cup, curled 180 degrees on the various other edge in the problem and stayed at out. A fraction involving in . converted regards to gasps plus cost him a new 59 about Thursday from the very first round from the Phoenix Open.
''Six foot to go, it had been inside center,'' Mickelson said. '' Three feet to go, it turned out within the center. A foot to help go, it is at the center, and in many cases as it can be drawing near the hole, I wouldn't think about which in turn area in the hole it could actually neglect on, and it finished up somehow just coloring out of on the end, hooking the lip.''
His caddie, Jim Mackay, fell to his or her knees and remained at there several seconds.
''He couldn't have hit a superior putt,'' Mackay said.
Playing partners Jason Dufner plus seen inside disbelief if your 25-foot birdie putt lipped out.
''Unlucky,'' Dufner said. ''He appeared to be running them in.''
''I thought this ended up being in,'' Fowler said. ''I has been draging for him.''
Mickelson over for a great 11-under sixty with TPC Scottsdale, matching the particular tournament situation record your dog previously contributed using Grant Waite and Mark Calcavecchia.
''Well, sixty is usually awesome,'' Mickelson said. ''Last time I result sixty here in '05, I birdied much like the previous 3 to 4 openings only to do that, and also I was ecstatic, and I'm stoked for you to spray 60. But there is a dissimilarity between sixty and 59. Not that significant involving 60 and 61, generally there definitely isn't. But you will find a big barrier, some sort of Berlin Wall barrier, between 59 along with 60.
''I shot it inside PGA Grand Slam with Golf. I chance 58 inside a practice round. But to do this in the tournament can have been historical with regard to me, something I'd always remember, in addition to I'll remember which putt for the previous hole probably, too.''
Finishing his circular on the entrance nine, that 42-year-old former Arizona State superstar birdied the particular par-3 seventh to reach 11 under.
''Probably the top result from the time for the reason that it is really a tucked little flag above that bunker and I click a 6-iron to four to five feet,'' Mickelson said. ''It seemed to be really a superb shot from 196 yards.''
He parred the particular par-4 eighth, leaving behind a good 18-footer a rotation short.
''That putt is so rapid as a result of that perfect pin due to the fact it is really intending toward this valley, it truly is alpine and decrease grain,'' Mickelson said. ''I thought, 'I are unable to depart it short.' So, I just got the item right on the web and it also had been checking plus it pulled upwards short.''