OUCH: Watch Arizona State Sun Devils alum Phil Mickelson come less than an inch from making history

Posted at 3:04 PM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 18:04:15-04

In 2013, Arizona State Sun Devils alum Phil Mickelson came as agonizingly close to setting a new Phoenix Open single-round record as humanly possible, as he missed this putt that would have given him a score of 59.

History repeated itself on an even larger stage Thursday, as Mickelson was, once again, that close to setting a new record.

This time, he was a putt away from a single-round score of 62 at the 145th British Open -- a score that no golfer in the history of major PGA tournaments has ever achieved.

"I want to shed a tear right now," Mickelson said. "I thought I had done it. I saw that ball rolling right in the center. I went to go get it, I had that surge of adrenaline that I had just shot 62, and then I had the heartbreak that I didn't and watched that ball lip out. It was, wow, that stings."

Mickelson had to settle for finishing with a record-tying 63 and a three-stroke lead heading into the British Open's second round.