Golf is a game of inches.
Today, no one knows that better than Nicolas Colsaerts.
Colsaerts, known as "The Belgian Bomber" for his massive drives, fired the 17th score of 60 (11 under) in the European Tour's history on Thursday in the first round of the Portugal Masters.
He was "thisclose" to the European Tour's first ever score of 59.
That was close, no doubt. But not nearly as cruel as what happened to Phil Mickelson with his putt for 59 at the 2013 Waste Management Open. Remember this putt?
Back to Colsaerts and his flawless scorecard. With four, front-nine birdies, Colsaerts went out in 31. The back nine was extra special, as Colsaerts shot a 7-under 29, which included three consecutive birdies beginning on No. 10 followed by eagles on the par-4 15th hole and par-5 17th hole.
Last December at the Nelson Mandela Championship in South Africa, Jorge Campillo and Colin Nel both recorded 59s, but they were deemed "unofficial" because they were playing lift, clean and place.