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Mickelson just misses out on 59

Last updated: 1st February 2013

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Phil Mickelson just missed out on shooting a record-equalling 59 in the first round of the Phoenix Open.

The 42-year-old produced a blemish-free round of 60 that included 11 birdies but will be left wondering what might have been. The two-time champion had a 26-foot birdie putt on the last to record a sub-60 round, but the putt horseshoed around the lip of the hole.

"I'm ecstatic to shoot 60," said Mickelson. "I am excited and so forth but you don't get chances to shoot 59 very often.

"To have that putt on line, I'm kind of mortified that it didn't go in."

The American holds a four-shot lead over Irishman Padraig Harrington and countryman Brandt Snedeker, Jeff Maggert, Ryan Palmer and Ted Potter.

A further shot back is a group of 11 players, including John Rollins and John Mallinger who had completed 13 and 15 holes respectively before bad light brought a halt to play.



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