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Mickelson Fires Rare 59 During Hawaii Tournament


Phil Mickelson of the United States has become only the fifth player in professional golf history to fire a 59. The reigning Masters champion tapped in a birdie putt on the final hole Wednesday to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Hawaii.

Mickelson's astonishing 13-under par final round gave him a two-day winning total of 17-under par 127, matching Tiger Woods' tournament record. Mickelson had a three-meter eagle putt on the 18th hole for an unprecedented 58. But the putt curved just left of the cup.

Mickelson beat South African Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh of Fiji and American Todd Hamilton in the event at Poipu Bay Golf Club, which features the four Grand Slam winners from the current year.

Only three men in U.S. PGA Tour history, all Americans, had previously fired a 59, including Al Geiberger, Chip Beck and David Duval. LPGA star Annika Sorenstam of Sweden also fired a 59.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.