Paul Goydos became the fourth U.S. PGA Tour player to shoot a score of 59, with a 12-under-par round today at the John Deere Classic.
It’s the first 59 in a PGA Tour event since David Duval reached the mark at the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Chip Beck matched the feat at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational, 14 years after Al Geiberger became the first to do it at the 1977 Memphis Classic
“I kind of realized it on 16 if I birdied the last three,” Goydos said in a televised interview. “This is why you play. Knowing what you have to do is part of the fun and today I accomplished it.”
Goydos, 46 and a two-time Tour winner, sank a seven-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole at the Par-71 TPC Deere Run Course in Silvis, Illinois, to cap his bogey-free round. He birdied eight of the course’s final nine holes after making four birdies on the first nine. Eight of his 12 birdies came on putts of at least 11 feet, including a 39-footer on the par-4 11th hole.
Duval, Beck and Geiberger accomplished the feat on par-72 courses. Annika Sorenstam is the only woman to shoot 59, during the second round of the LPGA’s Standard Register Ping tournament in 2001. Shigeki Maruyama shot 58 at a U.S. Open qualifying event in 2000.
Goydos holds a five-shot lead over Michael Letzig and Matt Jones as first-round play continues.