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Mickelson just misses a 59

Phil Mickelson hit his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament Thursday.

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Phil Mickelson hit his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament Thursday.

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Phil Mickelson nearly became the sixth player in PGA history to shoot a 59 at a tour event on Thursday, settling for an 11-under-par 60 in the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open when his long birdie putt on the final hole rolled around the lip of the cup and stayed out. Mickelson matched his career low, which also came at TPC Scottsdale in 2005.

Mickelson, grouped with Jason Dufner and Rickie Fowler, began off the 10th tee and birdied his first four holes. After two pars, he ran off three straight birdies to make the turn at 7-under 29. On the front nine, Mickelson birdied three of his first four holes, and then had one birdie over his final five. He ended his round with a four-shot lead and a share of the course record.

The players to card a 59 in a PGA event: Al Geiberger at the 1977 Memphis Classic; Chip Beck at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational, David Duval at the 1999 Bob Hope Invitational, Paul Goydos at the 2010 John Deere Classic, and Stuart Appelby at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic.

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