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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 219
R OD PAMPLING might be somewhat of an Australian journeyman, but he’s now an Australian journeyman who’s one of the few players in golfing history to have a putt for a round of 59. Pampling came within a whisker of inking his name in the record books as one of a very select group of golfers to have gone lower than 60 in any given round. So, so close. This week we honour those players who’ve managed to go at least one better. Meet the 59 Club. T HE first player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59, Al Geiberger’s effort at the 1977 Memphis Classic was notable not just because of that memorable opening round, but also because he won the tournament without shooting a single round in the 60s. The 1966 PGA Championship winner followed up his groundbreaking score with rounds of 72, 72 and 70, which was still enough for him to finish atop the leaderboard. He remains the only player in PGA Tour history to win a non-major event without a round in the 60s. AL GEIBERGER – 1977 MEMPHIS CLASSIC F OR drama and clutch putting, it’s hard to go past David Duval’s finish at the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Duval saved his best for last, requiring an eagle at the 18th hole to secure the win. He duly drained the putt to become the first player in history to close with a 59. It was an incredible display of accurate ball striking, with Duval’s 11 birdies and one eagle coming with a combined putting distance of just 52 feet. DAVID DUVAL – 1999 BOB HOPE CHRYSLER CLASSIC C HIP Beck became the second PGA Tour player to record a 59 when he went low in Las Vegas in 1991. Fresh off a grueling Ryder Cup, the American drained a 60-footer at the first hole and never looked back, scoring 13 birdies and five pars to join Al Geiberger as the only players at that point to have gone under 60. CHIP BECK – 1991 LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL WATCH IT HERE WATCH IT HERE WATCH IT HERE
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