Phil Mickelson put together one of the greatest rounds in major championship history on Thursday. Lefty posted a record-tying 63 (8-under) in the first round of the Open Championship, coming just one stroke shy of shooting the lowest round ever in a major.
And oh was he so painfully close.
Mickelson had a 16-foot putt on the 18th hole to shoot 62 and make a bit of history. His putt looked good the whole way and six inches before the hole, it took a turn to the right and lipped out. Call it a 62 1/2 because that’s how narrowly-missed the putt was. Mickelson’s reaction was as expected, standing in disbelief.
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His caddie, Jim "Bones" MacKay, couldn’t even stay on his two feet. He collapsed to the ground with the flag in-hand.