Sutherland shoots first 59 in Champions Tour history


The 59 club just gained a new member.

Kevin Sutherland fired golf’s magic number in the second round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, becoming the first player to shoot a 59 on the Champions Tour.

Sutherland played his first eight holes in 9 under, highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole. He was 11 under after 11 holes, and after birdies on Nos. 15, 16 and 17 reached the rarified air of 14 under with one hole to go on the par-72 track.

He had an opportunity to shoot the first 58 in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, but after driving into the right trees he missed an 8-foot putt for par on No. 18, closing with his only bogey of the day.

His final stat line: 10 of 14 fairways hit, 15 of 18 greens in regulation and 24 putts.

Sutherland turned 50 on July 4, and is making just his third Champions Tour start this week in Endicott, N.Y. He tied for 38th at the U.S. Senior Open in his debut on the over-50 circuit, then tied for 15th earlier this month at the 3M Championship.

Sutherland has one PGA Tour win, the 2002 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Nine players have shot 60 on the Champions Tour, most recently Michael Allen at the 2014 Allianz Championship. Six players have shot 59 on the PGA Tour, most recently Jim Furyk at the 2013 BMW Championship.