Mickelson misses history by less than one inch on Jan. 30, 2013 during the Phoenix Open. The heartbreaking miss took place in the first round. The golfer almost became only "the sixth player in PGA Tour history to break 60 with a 25-foot birdie attempt on his last hole," reported Golf.com. Unfortunately, as they say, almost only counts in horseshoes.
A fraction of an inch, that's all that separated Phil Mickelson from the record books, and he was understandably disappointed. Still, he acknowledged that his game was impressive, just not as impressive as it could have been.
"Well, 60 is awesome. Last time I shot 60 here in `05, I birdied like the last three or four holes just to do that, and I was ecstatic, and I'm ecstatic to shoot 60. But there's a big difference between 60 and 59. Not that big between 60 and 61, there really isn't. But there's a big barrier, a Berlin Wall barrier, between 59 and 60."
Phil Mickelson missed history, but the 42-year-old athlete is still royalty among professional golfers. He has often played second fiddle only to the great Tiger Woods, and his estimated net worth is an impressive $150 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He enjoys an annual salary of $60 million, which includes $50 million in celebrity endorsements alone, and his total tournament wins put him in third place behind Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh.