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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 244
F ORTY years ago – nearly to the day – Colonial Country Club played host to the first ever sub-60 on the PGA Tour when Al Geiberger carded a 13-under 59 in his second round at the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic. Geiberger hit every fairway and every green during his historic round, shooting 11 birdies and an eagle, before facing a six-foot putt on the 18th hole to go where no man had ever gone before. “I was a little nervous because it really was a big moment and I may never have the chance to shoot that low a round,” Geiberger said. “I’m thinking ‘jeez, all these people are here and they want to see me shoot 59 and I’m the one who has to do it’... Well when that putt went in it was beautiful, I think it’s better to watch that putt go in than winning a tournament, I swear.” Fortunately for Geiberger, he got both, defeating Gary Player and Jerry McGee by three shots. However, things haven’t been going so well for him recently. The 79-year-old Californian auctioned off the clubs he used to shoot that famous 59 to pay tax debts. A lucky buyer snapped up the clubs for a little over US$12,000 in 2013, and the Wanamaker Trophy he received for winning the 1966 PGA Championship sold for more than $60,000. Eight players have broken the 60 barrier on the PGA Tour since 1977, but Al Geiberger will always be the original Mr 59. E it happened this week in... 1977 • Hisako “Chako” Higuchi wins the LPGA Championship – making her the first Asian-born player – male or female – to win a major. • James Earl Ray, the man convicted of assassinating Martin Luther King, escapes from prison. He was recaptured just three days later. • The silver jubilee – 25th anniversary – of Queen Elizabeth II is celebrated. • Kerry Packer and Tony Greig continue to recruit players for World Series Cricket. Dennis Amiss of England and Alvin Kallicharran and Collis King of the West Indies take the total number of players signed to 38. Also making news this week in 1977 AL GEIBERGER SHOOTS FIRST 59 VIDEO: GEIBERGER SHOOTS FIRST 59 WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES
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