Mickelson ties major record with 63 in first round at The Open

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So close, but yet so far.

Phil Mickelson came unbelievably close to shooting a record-best 62 in the first round of The Open, but, somehow, this birdie attempt did not go down:

Man, that stings.

But seriously, Mickelson shot a 63, tying the record for a major championship, per ESPN Stats & Info:

Still, somehow, it’s not quite the same. According to PGA Tour Media, there have actually been 25 other players to shoot a 63 in a major championship. Mickelson is the eighth to do it at The Open:

Despite that gut-wrenching missed putt, Mickelson is in great position at The Open, sitting atop the leaderboard at -8 overall.

I have watched that putt multiple times, and I am still wondering how it didn’t fall. As some on Twitter have said, it essentially defied the laws of physics.

Or perhaps the ghosts of golf’s past would not allow the putt to drop…

Regardless, this was still a heck of a round by Mickelson, and it was the best round in an Open at Troon. Prior to that, Tiger Woods (1997, third round) and Greg Norman (1989, final round) held the record by each shooting a 64.

How about one more view of the putt?

Mickelson ties major record with 63 in first round at The Open

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