Phil Mickelson has admitted he’s shattered to miss out on joining the elite club of golfers who’ve hit an official round of 59.
Mickelson came agonisingly close to the achievement this week, when he shot 60 at the Phoenix Open, with his final putt on the 18th hole hitting the lip and missing,
“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.”
He added: “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.
“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.”