History in the missing


History in the missing

The Super Bowl is perhaps the most hyped and celebrated event in all of sports. But for my money, it's got nothing on the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Did you see what happened today?

To be honest, I didn't watch the whole thing. I didn't even know that the Waste Management Phoenix Open was on until I checked Twitter at about 3 pm and saw the following from esteemed golf analyst Norm Macdonald
Turn on Golfchannel. Mickelson, with 3 to go is looking at a short birdie. He needs that and one more to shoot 59. Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) January 31, 2013So I turned it on, and in fact, Mickelson had a chance at something even sweeter than 59. With two holes, Lefty was two birdies short of posting a 58 AKA the lowest score in PGA history!

On his 17th hole (which was technically the 8th hole), Mickelson was inspired by a loud "Baba Booey!" from the gallery and landed on the green in regulation, with a long but make-able putt for birdie . . .

No dice.

And that was too bad. After all, this is the Waste Management Phoenix Open we're talking about, this is the stage that every young golfer dreams of. Still, Mickelson moved to the 18th hole, needing a birdie for 59 only the sixth 59 in PGA history.

Again, he was on in regulation, with another long (25 feet), but make-able birdie putt . . .

And he lipped out. JUST missed it.

He settled for a 60, which was still enough to set a new course record at TPC Scottsdale. (The previous record holder was a little known golfer named Phil Mickelson, who shot a 61 on back in 2005.)

Anyway, that's all for now. I'll have another tournament update after the final round or as it's known in the sports world: Waste Management Phoenix Open Sunday.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Gordon Hayward had surgery on his left ankle Wednesday night.

While there was hope he could return, Hayward's agent told Adrian Wojnarowski that the Celtics forward is unlikely to play for the remainder of the season.


Hayward suffered the injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 All-Star landed awkwardly on his ankle after a lob pass by Kyrie Irving was deflected by LeBron James.

“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday, “No timeline on it but a full recovery.”


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be.