The groan heard around TPC Scottsdale was Phil Mickelson’s 25-foot putt on No. 9 (his 18th) for birdie an golf’s magic number — 59 — looking like it was good all the way, until it did a near-360 around the cup and lipped out. Jim “Bones” Mackay, Mickelson’s longtime caddie fell to the ground in despair.
Phil, who started walking toward the hole and raising his putter up in anticipation of a celebration, was left with a tap-in for an 11-under 60. Which is still an excellent round, but he was naturally disappointed and called it “heartbreaking.”