Friday, February 1, 2013

Mickelson’s Putt For 59 Lips Out, And Other Earth-Shaking News

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ESPN.com: 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.


"Six feet to go, it was in the center," Mickelson said. "Three feet to go, it was in the center. A foot to go, it was in the center, 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.

"He could not have hit a better putt," Mackay said.


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