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Mickelson shoots 60 at Phoenix Open golf
By John Nicholson
14:16 AEST Fri Feb 1 2013

Phil Mickelson pointed his putter at the cup and started to walk toward the hole, ready to celebrate golf's magic number.

Right at the end, though, the ball caught the right edge of the cup, curled 180 degrees to the other side of the hole and stayed out.

A fraction of an inch turned cheers to gasps and cost him a 59 on Thursday in the first round of the Phoenix Open.

Mickelson fired an 11-under-par 60 to lead the tournament at TPC Scottsdale by four shots over a group of five players including Ireland's Padraig Harrington.

"Six feet to go, it was in the centre," Mickelson said.

"Three feet to go, it was in the centre. A foot to go, it was in the centre and, even as it's approaching the hole, I couldn't envision which side of the hole it could possibly miss on, and it ended up somehow just dying off at the end, catching the lip."

His caddie, Jim Mackay, fell to his knees and stayed there several seconds.

Playing partners Jason Dufner and Rickie Fowler also watched in disbelief when the 25-foot birdie putt lipped out.

"Unlucky - he was walking it in," Dufner said.

"I thought it was in," Fowler said.

Mickelson's score matched the tournament record he already shared with Grant Waite and Mark Calcavecchia.

"Last time I shot 60 here in '05, I birdied like the last three or four holes just to do that, and I was ecstatic, and I'm ecstatic to shoot 60," Mickelson said.

"But there's a big difference between 60 and 59. Not that big between 60 and 61 - there really isn't. But there's a big barrier, a Berlin Wall barrier, between 59 and 60.

"I shot it in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. I shot 58 in a practice round. But to do it in a tournament would have been historic for me, something I'd always remember, and I'll always remember that putt on the last hole probably, too."

Finishing his round on the front nine, the 42-year-old former Arizona State star birdied the par-3 seventh to reach 11-under.

He parred the par-four eighth, leaving an 18-footer a rotation short.

On the par-four ninth, he split the fairway with a 325-yard drive and hit a gap wedge left of the pin, with the ball spinning to an immediate stop.

He was thinking about breaking 60 after making the turn in seven-under 29, a mark that tied the tournament record for the back nine.

"(When) I birdied three and four, 'Done deal. I'm going to get this done'," Mickelson said.

Five players have shot 59 in official PGA Tour events.

Al Geiberger did it in the 1977 Memphis Classic, Chip Beck in the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational, David Duval in the 1999 Bob Hope Invitational, Paul Goydos in the 2010 John Deere Classic and Australia's Stuart Appleby in the 2010 Greenbrier Classic.

Japan's Ryo Ishikawa had the lowest round on a major tour, shooting a 12-under 58 to win the 2010 Crowns on the Japan Tour.

Bo Van Pelt had a 59 in the pro-am on Wednesday at TPC Scottsdale, a round that Mickelson watched closely from the group behind.

In perfect conditions on the course, softened by weekend rain, Mickelson birdied the first four holes, then parred the 14th and missed a five-foot birdie attempt on the 15th.

He rebounded on the par-3 16th, making an 18-footer with a big right-to-left break to roars from the large crowd on the stadium hole and birdied the next three holes.

Greg Chalmers is the best-placed Australian at three-under.


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