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 . . .
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.