Phil Mickelson came up just short of a magical 59 at the Desert Classic in Southern California

  • Mickelson came close to being just the 11th player to record a sub-60 round
  • The five-times major champion needed birdies on his final two holes for a 59
  • But a par on 17 scuppered his chances even though he had a birdie on 18

Phil Mickelson came up just short of a magical 59 on Thursday after carding 10 birdies and an eagle for a 60 in his opening round of the year at the Desert Classic in Southern California.

The five-times major champion needed birdies on his final two holes to become just the 11th player to record a sub-60 round on the PGA Tour but a par on 17 scuppered his chances.

A birdie on 18 left him one stroke shy of the mark.

Phil Mickelson came up just short of a magical 59 at the Desert Classic in Southern California
Phil Mickelson came up just short of a magical 59 at the Desert Classic in Southern California

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