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Mickelson shoots 60 at Phoenix Open

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Mickelson shoots 60 at Phoenix Open

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

Mickelson had a chance to become only the sixth player in PGA Tour history to break 60 with a 25-foot birdie attempt on his last hole, the par-4 ninth at the 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 had to settle the course record, which he previously set in the Phoenix Open eight years ago.

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Karl-Anthony Towns gets technical foul for frustration with Mo Wagner

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Karl-Anthony Towns gets technical foul for frustration with Mo Wagner

Mo Wagner became the NBA's leader in charges drawn Friday night, and his activity during the first half helped him get under Karl-Anthony Towns' skin. 

After Wagner attempted to draw yet another charge on Towns, the Minnesota big man finished a layup on the drive and laid the ball in Wagner's lap when the foul went uncalled. 

Towns received the technical foul as the Wizards continued to play a strong first half against one of the better offenses in the league on the road. 

Towns has been on a mean streak this season. He got in an epic brawl with Joel Embiid earlier this season and got into it with Rudy Gay just a few nights ago. He's demonstrated that he's a player you can get to, and Wagner did just that early on. 

The Wizards' defense has seemingly responded to Wagner's activity, so we'll see if they can keep it up to supplement one of the league's best offensive units. 

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Mo Wagner is now the NBA's leader in charges drawn

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Mo Wagner is now the NBA's leader in charges drawn

One of the Wizards' few defensive bright spots to start this season has been Mo Wagner's knack for drawing charges. 

He's not the most gifted defender, but his activity and willingness to put his body on the line for an extra possession have made him an important player in the Wizards' rotation. 

On Friday night against the Timberwolves Wagner drew three charges in the first half, increasing his season total to 11, which now makes him the league's leader in that category. 

Before Friday's game, Scott Brooks pointed to Wagner's knack for drawing charges as a way his Wizards teammates can improve on the defensive end. 

The Wizards' offense has been so good that they could really start to make some noise if their defense improves. Perhaps it could begin with Wagner. 

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