Mickelson just misses opening 59 at Phoenix Open

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Phil Mickelson missed a 59 by a fraction of an inch in the first round of the Phoenix Open.

Mickelson had a chance to become the sixth player in PGA Tour history to break 60 with a 25-foot birdie attempt on his last hole, the par-4 ninth at TPC Scottsdale. The putt looked good all the way, and Mickelson pointed his putter at the cup as he prepared to celebrate.

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

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