Top 10 Rounds of All Time
No. 10 ' Al Geiberger, First Round 1977 Memphis Classic
Geiberger became the first player in PGA Tour history to break 60, doing so in the first round of the then Danny Thomas Memphis Classic, June 10, 1977. Geiberger's score was all-the-more extraordinary considering it came on one of the Tour's toughest courses and in 102-degree heat. He went on to win the event by three strokes.
Bill Fields, Golf Digest: It was a very long course, well over 7,000 yards. And back then 7,000 yards was different from today with the way the ball travels.
Al Geiberger, Mr. 59: All I could do every time I made a long putt, you know, I would just go, 'I don't know what's happening.'
No. 9 ' Babe Zaharias, 1954 U.S. Women's Open
Once the most dominant player on the LPGA ' and most dominant athlete in the world ' Zaharias completed her comeback from colon cancer by winning her 10th major championship, this time at Salem Country Club, by a record 12 strokes.
Rich Lerner, Golf Channel: You could make the case that Babe was the greatest athlete, male of female, that ever lived.
Babe Zaharias: I laid in bed and I says, 'Please, God, let me play again.' And He answered my prayer.
No. 8 ' Ken Venturi, Sunday at 1964 U.S. Open
Venturi started the final round of the 1964 U.S. Open trailing by five strokes. Faced with a 36-hole finale in excessive of 100 degrees, Venturi battled dehydration and exhaustion to win his first and only major championship, shooting 66-70.
Rich Lerner, Golf Channel: Kenny was on his way to an incredible round. I mean, we're talking Johnny Miller 63 at Oakmont 1973 kind of stuff.
Dr. John Everett: Knowing that he (would) have to walk another 18 holes in this terrific heat and humidity, I suggested he might be smart if he withdrew.
No. 7 ' Annika Sorenstam, Second Round 2001 Safeway
Nearly 25 years after Al Geiberger set the mark on the PGA Tour, Sorenstam became the first female player to shoot 59 on the LPGA. On a Friday afternoon at the Safeway International, Sorenstam started her round with eight straight birdies and claimed five more on the back nine to reach the magical number.
Dottie Pepper, Golf Channel: Once you get off to a smoking hot start, you can't help but think about 59.
Meg Mallon, Annika's playing competitor that day: Annika's mental strength is just incredible and it showed.
No. 6 ' Hubert Green, Final Round 1977 U.S. Open
With four holes to play in the final round of the 1977 U.S. Open at Southern Hills, and leading by one, Hubert Green was informed that a death threat had been made against him. An unidentified woman claimed Green would be shot on the 15th green. After playing the hole without incident, Green birdied 16 and went on to win by one.
Rich Lerner, Golf Channel: It's hard enough to play the game of golf at that level ' final round of a U.S. Open ' with that kind of pressure. How would you like to play it under the threat of death.
Hubert Green, 1977 U.S. Open champion: I didn't think about it one way or the other.
No. 5 ' Davis Love III, Final Round 2003 Players
Faced with temperatures in the low 50s, winds upwards of 25 mph, and on one of the toughest courses on Tour, Love shot a brilliant 8-under 64 to secure his second career Players Championship title.
Bill Fields, Golf Digest: Davis Love was in a rain suit. It was chilly. And (he) played the kind of golf that people wanted to see him play for a long time.
Rich Lerner, Golf Channel: Davis sort of symbolized golf pre-Tiger Woods ' nice but not nasty, friendly but not fiery. He was so good on that day; that's as good a performance as I've seen him in that tournament.
No. 4 ' David Duval, Final Round 1999 Bob Hope
Beginning the fifth and final round six shots off the lead, Duval played the round of his life on the Palmer Course at PGA West. He had a look at birdie or eagle on 17 holes, with 10 of those putts inside 5 feet. An eagle at the last not only gave him a sub-60 round; it helped him win the tournament.
Thomas Bonk, Golf Digest: That was when David Duval was really at the top of his game and he was a true challenger to Tiger.
Rich Lerner, Golf Channel: There was always something mysterious about David Duval. He was Robogolfer. He was the man behind the shades.
No. 3 ' Arnold Palmer, Final Round 1960 U.S. Open
Trailing by seven to start the final round at Cherry Hills, Palmer, angered by a member of the media who felt he could not win, drives the first hole and two-putts for birdie. The rest is history as Palmer shoots 65 and wins his first and only U.S. Open title.
Rand Jerris, director of the USGA's museum and archives: 1960 was an important year in Arnold's career, an important year for the game. He wins the Masters early in the year and really it's the U.S. Open at Cherry Hills in Denver that Palmer comes to define himself.
Bob Drum, Pittsburgh Press: We sat down and (Palmer) said, 'Well, what do you think a 65 will do?' I said, 'It's not going to do you any good.'
No. 2 ' Johnny Miller, Final Round 1973 U.S. Open
It's been called the single greatest round of golf ever played. Or, in our case, the second greatest round of golf ever played. After hearing a voice in his head telling him to open his stance, Miller hits all 18 greens on the par-71 Oakmont course, makes nine birdies to one bogey, and shoots 63 ' a score that has been duplicated, but never surpassed in a men's major. Having started the day six back, he wins by one shot over John Schlee.
Dr. Robert Winters, sports psychologist: What people don't remember is that he was battling the nerves with his putter, big time.
David Stein, sports radio broadcaster: What I love about Johnny Miller's 63 is how emotional he gets today when he describes it.
Johnny Miller, 1973 U.S. Open champion: It was one of those rounds that I ... I don't know why it happened to me, it just did. That's all.
No. 1 ' Jack Nicklaus, Final Round 1986 Masters
The greatest round had to come from the greatest player who ever lived. At age 46, Nicklaus shoots an improbable 65 in the final round of the Masters to claim his record sixth career green jacket.
Bill Fields, Golf Digest: He played a very ordinary front nine, couldn't get anything going. But, you know, the back nine was a different matter. It was as if it was scripted.
Jeff Rude, Golfweek: He shot 65. He beat a whole bunch of good players. He beat (Seve) Ballesteros. He beat (Tom) Kite. He beat (Greg) Norman. He was beating Hall of Famers. And to do it at 46, when people thought he was washed up, nothing moved the golf Richter scale like that round.
Michael Arkush, golf author: I don't think we've had a major championship, a two-hour stretch of golf on television that was as compelling and captivating as that afternoon in April of 1986.
McCormick to caddie for Spieth at Aussie Open
When Jordan Spieth returns next week to defend his title at the Australian Open, he will do so without his regular caddie on the bag.
Spieth and Michael Greller have combined to win 14 tournaments and three majors, including three events in 2017. But Greller's wife, Ellie, gave birth to the couple's first child on Oct. 13, and according to a report from the Australian Herald Sun he will not make the intercontinental trip to Sydney, where Spieth will look to win for the third time in the last four years.
Instead, Spieth will have longtime swing coach and native Aussie Cameron McCormick on the bag at The Australian Golf Club. McCormick, who won PGA Teacher of the Year in 2015, is originally from Melbourne but now lives in Texas and has taught Spieth since he was a rising star among the junior golf ranks in Dallas.
While Greller has missed rounds before, this will be the first time as a pro that Spieth has used a different caddie for an entire event. Greller was sidelined with an injury last year in Singapore when Spieth's agent, Jay Danzi, took the bag, and trainer Damon Goddard has subbed in twice when Greller was sick, including this year at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.
Spieth's torrid 2015 season traced back to his win at The Australian in 2014, and he returned to Oz last year where he won a playoff at Royal Sydney over Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall.
Rahm wins finale, Fleetwood takes Race to Dubai
Jon Rahm captured the final tournament on the European Tour calendar, a result that helped Tommy Fleetwood take home the season-long Race to Dubai title.
Rahm shot a final-round 67 to finish two shots clear of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Shane Lowry at the DP World Tour Championship. It's the second European Tour win of the year for the Spaniard, who also captured the Irish Open and won on the PGA Tour in January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
"I could not be more proud of what I've done this week," Rahm told reporters. "Having the weekend that I've had, actually shooting 12 under on the last 36 holes, bogey-free round today, it's really special."
But the key finish came from Justin Rose, who held the 54-hole lead in Dubai but dropped back into a tie for fourth after closing with a 70. Rose entered the week as one of only three players who could win the Race to Dubai, along with Sergio Garcia and Fleetwood, who started with a lead of around 250,000 Euros.
With Fleetwood in the middle of the tournament pack, ultimately tying for 21st after a final-round 74, the door was open for Rose to capture the title thanks to a late charge despite playing in half the events that Fleetwood did. Rose captured both the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open, and was one round away from a two-trophy photo shoot in Dubai.
Instead, his T-4 finish meant he came up just short, as Fleetwood won the season-long race by 58,821 Euros.
The title caps a remarkable season for Fleetwood, who won the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship as well as the French Open to go along with a pair of runner-up finishes and a fourth-place showing at the U.S. Open.
"I find it amazing, the season starts in November, December and you get to here and you're watching the last shot of the season to decide who wins the Race to Dubai," Fleetwood said at the trophy ceremony. "But yeah, very special and something we didn't really aim for at the start of the year, but it's happened."
Battling mono, Kaufman tied for lead at CME
NAPLES, Fla. – Kim Kaufman’s bout with mononucleosis might leave fellow tour pros wanting to catch the fever, too.
A couple months after Anna Nordqvist battled her way into contention at the Women’s British Open playing with mono, and then thrived at the Solheim Cup with it, Kaufman is following suit.
In her first start since being diagnosed, Kaufman posted an 8-under-par 64 Saturday to move into a four-way tie for the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship. It was the low round of the day. She’s bidding to win her first LPGA title.
“I’ve been resting at home for two weeks,” Kaufman said. “Didn’t do anything.”
Well, she did slip on a flight of stairs while recuperating, hurting her left wrist. She had it wrapped Saturday but said that’s mostly precautionary. It didn’t bother her during the round.
“I’m the only person who can take two weeks off and get injured,” Kaufman joked.
Kaufman, 26, left the Asian swing after playing the Sime Darby Malaysia, returning to her home in South Dakota, to see her doctor there. She is from Clark. She was told bed rest was the best thing for her, but she felt good enough to make the trip to Florida for the season-ending event.
“We had some really cold days,” Kaufman said. “We had some snow. I was done with it. I was coming down here.”
How does she feel?
“I feel great,” she said. “I’m a little bit shaky, which isn’t great out there, but it’s great to be here doing something. I was going a little bit stir crazy [at home], just kind of fighting through it.”
Kaufman made eight birdies in her bogey-free round.
New-look Wie eyes CME Group Tour Championship title
NAPLES, Fla. – Michelle Wie is sporting a new look that even has fellow players doing double takes.
Bored during her six-week recovery from an emergency appendectomy late this summer, Wie decided to cut and die her hair.
She went for golden locks, and a shorter style.
“I kind of went crazy after being in bed that long,” Wie said. “I just told my mom to grab the kitchen scissors and just cut all my hair off.”
Wie will get to sport her new look on a big stage Sunday after playing herself into a four-way tie for the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship. With a 6-under-par 66, she is in contention to win her fifth LPGA title, her first since winning the U.S. Women’s Open three years ago.
Wie, 28, fought her way back this year after two of the most disappointing years of her career. Her rebound, however, was derailed in late August, when she withdrew from the final round of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open to undergo an emergency appendectomy. She was out for six weeks.
Before the surgery, Wie enjoyed getting back into contention regularly, with six finishes of T-4 or better this season. She returned to the tour on the Asian swing in October.
Fellow tour pros were surprised when she came back with the new look.
“Definitely, walk by people and they didn’t recognize me,” Wie said.
Wie is looking to continue to build on her resurgence.
“I gained a lot of confidence this year,” she said. “I had a really tough year last year, the last couple years. Just really feeling like my old self. Really feeling comfortable out there and having fun, and that's when I play my best.”