The Loop

This putt was left one inch short for a 59 on the Tour

We watched Rory McIlroy threaten a round of 59 on Saturday at Quail Hollow, where he settled for a course-record 61 to put himself in position for another PGA Tour win. But on the Tour on Sunday, veteran Roland Thatcher got even closer than Rory to hitting golf's magic number.

Thatcher stood on the 18th green with a 12-foot putt for a birdie and a 59. It scared the hole, but missed on the low side. "I'm actually ashamed of myself that I left it short for chance at 59," Thatcher said after.

The agony! If he just firmed it a little bit more . . . It would've been the sixth 59 on the Tour -- Russell Knox and Will Wilcox, who both play on the PGA Tour now -- both shot 59s in 2013.

Still, it was a great round and something Thatcher will always remember. Probably with a little bit of "what if." It looks like he'll come up just short of a win, too. Rod Pampling is three shots ahead of him now with five holes to play.