The Five PGA Golf Rounds to Break 60
5 Players Have Broken 60 in a Round on the PGA Tour
Phil Mickelson had a quite a Thursday afternoon. He shot one of the best rounds of his life and still left TPC Scottsdale feeling unsatisfied. That’s what happens when your 26 foot putt for birdie and a share of history rims out of the cup. In a matter of seconds, Mickelson and his caddy “Bones”, went from confident and ecstatic to shocked and devastated.
After Mickelson hit the putt that was to give him a round of 59, he saw the line and started the slow walk and point behind the ball and towards the cup because it looked dead on target. As the putt took a trip around the entire rim of the cup and still founds its way out, Phil was left with a look of utter confusion and Bones fell straight to the ground in disappointment. Even I gagged a little when I watched the putt some two hours later.
Mickelson was putting for a place in the record books, attempting to do what only five others have been able to accomplish in PGA Tour history. Nobody should ever be upset with a round of 60 but it was tough to watch and not feel awful as Phil’s ball was sitting just inches from the hole, almost heckling him and everybody watching. The ball just laughing and laughing with obnoxious absurdity until Mickelson tapped it in for par, silencing a moment that should have been historical but turned out to be Mickelsonian.
As we all recover from the gut wrenching missed putt, we’ll take a look at those few rounds that were completed with a score under 60. Enjoy!
Al Geiberger- 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic
Al Geiberger made history in the second round of the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic, now the Fed Ex St Jude Classic, as he shot a second round 59. Geiberger started on ten and finished -6 under par on the back and then shot -7 under par on the front to make history at the Colonial Country Club in Cordova, Tennessee. He finished the day -13 under on the par 72 course and was the first in PGA History to shoot a round under 60.
Chip Beck- 1991 Las Vegas Invitational
Chip Beck became the second player in PGA Tour history to shoot a round of 59 in a PGA Tour sanctioned event, at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational. Amazingly, Beck was dogged for the incredible day almost immediately because he was playing the 10 month old Sunrise Golf Club, which was described as being “too easy” because of its lack of shade and rough. Keep in mind that no other golfer in the tournament came within four strokes of Beck’s third round score. Beck finished in a tie for third place for the tournament.
David Duval- 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
David Duval made news earlier this year when he was snubbed by sponsors who failed to make an exemption for the golfer at the Humana Challenge, formerly the Bob Hope Classic. Duval delivered a signature moment in the tournament’s history in 1999, when he eagled the 18th hole to shoot a final round 59 on the PGA West Palmer Course and beat Steve Pate by one shot.
Paul Goydos- 2010 John Deere Classic
Paul Goydos became the fourth and oldest player to shoot a round of 59. Goydos accomplished this feat at the 2010 John Deere Classic when he dropped 12 birdies at the par 71 TPC Deere Run. Goydos did not end up winning the tournament.
Stuart Appleby- 2010 Greenbrier Classic- The Old White Course
Stuart Appleby was the last player to shoot a 59 on the PGA Tour, as he did this at the Greenbrier Classic in 2010 at the par 70 Old White Course. Appleby shot a final round 59 to win the tournament by one stroke over Jeff Overton. Appleby also won the PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year in 2010.