Golf: Mickelson's bid for magical 59 falls agonisingly short at Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (AP) - Phil Mickelson missed out on a 59 by a fraction of an inch on Thursday in the first round of the Phoenix Open.

Mickelson had a chance to become the sixth player in PGA Tour history to break 60 with a 25-foot birdie attempt on his last hole, the par-four ninth at TPC Scottsdale.

The putt looked good all the way, and Mickelson pointed his putter at the cup as he prepared to celebrate.

Right at the end, though, the ball caught the right edge of the cup, curled 180 degrees to the other side of the hole and stayed out.

His caddie, Jim Mackay, fell to his knees and stayed there several seconds.

Mickelson finished with an 11-under-60.