Tom Lewis had 59 dead to rights, but let it slip through his grasp Thursday in the Made in Denmark.
Lewis was 12 under through 13 holes at the par-71 Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort in Farso, Denmark, but played his final five holes in 3 over to shoot 62.
The 25-year-old Englishman was trying to become the first player in European Tour history to card 59 or at least become the 19th player to shoot 60. He did neither.
"Massively disappointed right now," he said after his round. "A lot of people out there waiting to see something good. Not to come in with something special is a shame. Apologies. I tried. Hopefully next time we can finish off."
Lewis started his round on the back nine and birdied seven of nine holes for a 7-under 28. He lipped out a birdie putt on the 18th hole, which would have tied the tour record for lowest nine-hole aggregate score.
The run continued on the front side. He made a 10-footer for birdie at No. 1, a 12-footer for birdie at No. 2, and a 15-footer for birdie at No. 3. He then jammed in a 50-footer for eagle at the par-5 fourth.
That put him at 12 under through 13 holes, meaning he only had to play the final five holes in even par to make history.
But with 59 – or lower – directly in front of him, Lewis stumbled hard. He missed the green with his approach shot at the par-4 fifth and chipped to 5 feet. His par putt horseshoed out and he dropped to 11 under with four to play.
He then needed a pair of chips to reach the par-5 sixth green and settled for par. And he barely snuck in a 3-footer for par at the par-3 seventh.
The nervy play continued on the par-4 eighth as he pulled his tee shot into some thick rough. He had to dig through the grass to identify his ball and eventually took a huge whack from a horrid lie and finished in the right greenside bunker, from where he failed to get up and down.
He missed the fairway and the green at the par-4 ninth and, again, couldn't get up and down. The bogey completed a disappointing 9-under performance.
Lewis is tied for the lead with Thomas Pieters and Joakim Lagergren. His lone European Tour win came in the 2011 Portugal Masters.
Lewis was trying to continue a trend of record scoring on prominent professional tours. Jim Furyk shot the first 58 on the PGA Tour in the final round of the Travelers Championship and, prior to that, Stephen Jaeger did the same in the first round at the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic.