Saturday, February 2, 2013

Missed by THAT much!

Few golfers will ever break 60 in a professional tournament. As notes, it's golf's magic number, and has only ever been done five times on golf's most prestigious tour. But that nearly became six yesterday; Phil Mickelson had this putt on his final hole in the first round of the latest tournament at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona:

That's absolutely the closest you could come to a 59 without getting one. The PGA Tour commentators this morning have described Mickelson's round as a 59-and-three-quarters. But his 60 tied the course record with Kiwi former professional Grant Waite, who has left the playing ranks for a career in coaching.

And analyst and former top Kiwi professional Frank Nobilo summed it up beautifully; he said "In a way, this is so Phil, isn't it, in his career". Mickelson has never been the most consistent player out there; when he's hot, he's white-hot, but when he errs, he doesn't do it by halves.

Phil Mickelson will in all probability never have another put for a 59 in competition golf. The putt that lipped out yesterday was the golfing equivalent of the one that got away.

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