Will anyone break 59 on the PGA Tour in 2011

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 11, 2011, 9:48 pm

There were a pair of 59s recorded on the PGA Tour in 2010. Will anyone go lower in 2011? GolfChannel.com managing editor Mercer Baggs and senior producer Brian Koressel offer up their takes.


No one will shoot lower than 59 on Tour this season. I'll bet Brian's next paycheck on that. All $73.

Sure equipment is better than ever. Sure fields are deeper than ever. Sure there were a pair of 59s and a trio of 60s on Tour last year, compared with just two 60s and nothing lower in the three previous seasons combined.

This year got off to a hot start as well as there was one 10-under-par and one 11-under-par performance at Kapalua.

Wait ... which side am I on?

So why won't someone break the PGA Tour's 18-hole scoring reacord in 2011? Since, 'Because I said so' isn't satisfactory, I'll go with course set-up.

Last year, Tour officials set courses up – pin placements, in particular – a bit easier than in the past, thinking they needed to in order to keep players from overly complaining with the new grooves rule in effect.

Grooves proved to be a hollow issue and guys took advantage of the better scoring conditions.

Expect courses to play tougher in 2011. There will be plenty of low scores, as the trend from 2010 will continue into this season ... but no 58s.


If the PGA Tour’s recent motto of “These Guys are Good” is truly to be believed, then an eye-popping 58 must be on the horizon.

As impressed as I am about the five 59s that have been shot on the PGA Tour – and Annika’s 59 on the LPGA – I am equally unimpressed that it hasn’t happened more often. Don’t get me wrong – shooting a 59 is flat-out crazy good.

But if you do some quick math in your head, the odds would seemingly point to this feat happening more frequently.

Here’s the breakdown: each year on the PGA Tour, there is somewhere in the vicinity of 17,000 rounds played during the season. That’s a staggering amount of rounds played by the world’s best golfers. And by the world’s best putters.

And again, I realize shooting a sub-60 round is not only amazing, but truly historic.

But as I have always thought, just the sheer amount of rounds played would equate to more guys getting red-hot for a day and going real low.

Heck, if an Alabama junior golfer can shoot a 57 like he did last year, why shouldn’t guys that dot the PGA Tour leaderboards all year post a 57 at some point?

Plus, I can just feel it in my bones – a 58 is lurking out there this year.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.