Reuters - Thu, 08 Jul 19:52:00 2010
American Paul Goydos became the fourth player ever to shoot 59 in a US PGA Tour event when he went 12 under par in Thursday's first round of the John Deere Classic in Illinois.
Goydos made a dozen birdies in a bogey-free tour of the par-71 TPC Deere Run course.
The 46-year-old birdied eight of his last nine holes to close out the inward half in 28, completing the 59 by sinking a seven-foot birdie putt at the 18th.
The last player to shoot 59 in a US Tour event was David Duval in the final round of the 1999 Bob Hope Classic.
Goydos missed just one fairway and two greens in regulation while taking only 22 putts, sinking a 39-footer at the par-four 11th for his longest birdie.
Al Geiberger posted the U.S. Tour's first 59 at Colonial Country club in 1977. The second 59 was registered by Chip Beck at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational.
Goydos, playing in the morning flight, held a five-stroke lead over fellow-American Michael Letzig and Matt Jones of Australia who both posted rounds of seven-under-par 64.