SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Phil Mickelson's bid to shoot the sixth 59 in PGA TOUR history ended in disappointment when his final putt tantalizingly did a 280-degree horseshoe around the cup at the ninth hole, his 18th of the day.
"The last 6 feet it was right on glide slope," Mickelson said. "It should've been right in middle.
Mickelson did match his career low of 60 on TOUR. His other 60 came in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2005 when he went on to win the tournament for the second time
"You don't have chances to shoot 59 often," Mickelson said. "To have that putt on line I'm kind of mortified that it didn't go in."
Mickelson and Zach Johnson are the only two players in PGA TOUR history to have shot 60 or better more than once.
Following is play-by-play from Mickelson's stretch run:
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No. 3 (546-yard par 5): Mickelson finds the left gairway bunker with his drive, lays up and puts that stellar wedge game on display. The resulting 17-inch putt moves Mickelson to 9 under.
No. 4 (172-yard par 3): Another pin-point iron on the par 3 leaves Mickelson with a 7-footer for birdie. He makes it and is now 10 under with four par 4s and another par 3 remaining on the par-71 TPC Scottsdale.
No. 5 (456-yard par 4): Mickelson split the fairway and then put his approach on the green but with 41 feet of real estate between the ball and the cup. He missed the putt but managed the 3-footer for par with ease so Mickelson remains 10 under and three strokes ahead of Ryan Palmer, who has finished off a 64.
No. 6 (424-yard par 4): His drive strayed left toward a cluster of bunkers but Mickelson managed to get his approach on the fringe. He missed the 34-footer for birdie but was solid from 5 feet to save par and remain at 10 under with three holes left. He needs two more birdies to get to 59.
No. 7 (195-yard par 3): Mickelson's tee shot hit on the right side of the green but caught the slope and curved toward the hole, settling 7 feet from the pin. He makes it -- Mickelson is now 11 under and has two holes remaining. He has birdied all the par 3s at TPC Scottsdale today.
No. 8 (474-yard par 4): Another fairway hit for Mickelson. He has 147 yards to the pin. Mickelson will have to go long for the birdie -- he's left himself 18 feet. He came up about several inches shy and walks away shaking his head. So it all comes down to the ninth hole.
No. 9 (457-yard par 4): Mickelson has found just his third fairway on his second nine at a most opportune time. His drive went 316 yards and he has 141 to the pin. He didn't get his approach very close, though -- Mickelson will have to make his longest birdie putt of the day, a 26-footer, for the 59. Mickelson was stalking the putt with his putter in the air, then grabbed his head as the putt horse-shoed around the hole. His caddy Bones Mackay fell to the ground and the crowd let out a monster groan.
Small consolation but look at the big picture -- Mickelson's 60 still gives him a four-stroke lead.