This is Phil Mickelson’s 30th year on the PGA Tour. And he’s never been known as the steadiest player in the world, so Lefty’s done virtually everything there is to do on a golf course.
On Friday at The American Express, the 50-year-old did something in his 2,201st round on the PGA Tour that he’s never done before: He parred every single hole.
They were pretty much all tap-ins, too. Apart from a 16-footer for par on the par-5 fifth and a 15-footer at the par-4 12th, all the par putts were inside eight feet.
Lefty had made 17 pars in a round five times before, but he had never gone the full 18 for 18—which the Internet is deeming a “Full Faldo,” a nod to Nick Faldo’s 18-par round that won the 1987 British Open at Muirfield.
The even-par (duh) round of 72 on the PGA West Stadium Course saw him miss the cut by six shots—but hey, the man made history. And that’s why we love golf. An otherwise nondescript day and a tournament that could quickly fade from memory now becomes a round he’ll never forget.