Phil Mickelson just misses a 59, posts 60 at the Phoenix Open

Phil Mickelson just misses a 59, posts 60 at the Phoenix Open

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer
Phil Mickelson goes super low on the first day at the Phoenix Open (Getty Images)

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Vijay who?!

Phil Mickelson quickly put Vijay Singh out of the headlines with his first round at the Waste Managament Phoenix Open on Thursday.

Lefty posted a 60 and just missed out on the sixth 59 in PGA Tour history with a lip-out birdie on his final hole. The video is mesmerizing.

Bones was absolutely devastated: watch him fall to the ground when it lips out ...

For fun, here's the full list of golfers who have shot 59 in PGA Tour history.

59s in PGA Tour History
PlayerTo ParTournamentYear
Al Geiberger-13Danny Thomas Memphis Classic1977
Chip Beck-13Las Vegas Invitational1991
David Duval-13Bob Hope Classic1999
Paul Goydos-13John Deere Classic2010
Stuart Appleby-11Greenbrier Classic2010

Phil was pretty bummed after his round because he knew what was at stake. Here's what he had to say:

He also told the Golf Channel after his round:

You don't get chances to shoot 59 very often and to have that putt on line, I'm kind of mortified it didn't go in.

Bones had a great quote, too:

Mickelson did tie the tournament record (which he previously shared) with his 60 (Bo Van Pelt shot a practice-round 59 on Wednesday).

Here's what his scorecard looked like:

Phil has shot 59 before, but it was in the 2004 Grand Slam of Golf, which is not recognized as an official PGA Tour event.

The key to Mickelson's round? The following stat. This was through 16 holes. He missed an 18-footer on his 17th hole and barely missed that 20-plus footer on the last one for the 59.

I still say he was just trying to shoot his tax rate.

Here it is one more time if you want some golf torture.

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