Lewis misses shooting first 59 in Euro Tour history

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 25, 2016, 5:24 pm

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.


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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.

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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.

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Salas (62) leads LPGA's Indy Women in Tech

By Associated PressAugust 17, 2018, 12:50 am

INDIANAPOLIS - Lizette Salas matched the Brickyard Crossing record with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the Indy Women in Tech Championship, making birdie on the final three holes for a two-stroke lead over fast-starting Angel Yin and Japan's Nasa Hataoka.

Yin birdied eight of the first nine holes in her morning round for a front-nine 8-under 28 - one short of the LPGA Tour's nine-hole record. It matched the third-lowest nine-hole score in relation to par in tour history.


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Salas eagled the par-5 second in the afternoon and added three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. She birdied Nos. 12 and 14 before reeling off three more in a row to close, waiting out a late 77-minute suspension for an approaching storm.

Salas matched the course record set by Mike McCullough in the PGA Tour Champions' 1999 Comfort Classic.

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Sordet opens with 62 to grab lead at Nordea Masters

By Associated PressAugust 16, 2018, 11:23 pm

GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.

Sordet says ''I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.''

The Frenchman, who shot his lowest European Tour round, has a two-stroke lead over Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Lee Slattery of England.

Hunter Stewart is the highest-placed American after a 5-under 65 left him on a four-way tie for fourth with Christofer Blomstrand, Tapio Pulkkanen and Richard Green.

Defending champion Renato Paratore's hopes of becoming the first player to successfully retain the title look in doubt after the Italian shot 9-over 79 at Hills Golf Club.

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Peterson confirms plans to play Web.com Finals

By Will GrayAugust 16, 2018, 9:17 pm

After flirting with retirement for much of the summer, John Peterson confirmed that he will give it one more shot in the upcoming Web.com Tour Finals.

Peterson, 29, had planned to walk away from the game and begin a career in real estate in his native Texas if he failed to secure PGA Tour status before his medical extension expired. His T-13 finish last month at The Greenbrier appeared to be enough to net the former NCAA champ at least conditional status, but a closer look at the numbers revealed he missed out by 0.58 points in his last available start.


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But Peterson was buoyed by the support he received from his peers at The Greenbrier, and when he got into the Barbasol Championship as a late alternate he decided to make the trip to the tournament. He tied for 21st that week in Kentucky, clinching enough non-member FedExCup points to grant him a spot in the four-event Finals.

Last month Peterson hinted that he would consider playing in the Finals, where 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season will be up for grabs, and Thursday he confirmed in an Instagram post that he will give his pro career "one last push."

The Finals kick off next week in Ohio with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and will conclude Sept. 20-23 with the Web.com Tour Championship. Peterson will be looking to rekindle his results from 2013, when he finished T-5 or better at each of the four Finals events while earning fully-exempt status as the top money earner.

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Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 16, 2018, 9:00 pm

Jarrod Lyle passed away last week at the age of 36 after losing his third battle with cancer.

And after a PGA Championship filled with tributes to the Australian, the Wyndham Championship found its own way to keep his legacy alive at the North Carolina Tour stop.

Next to the Wyndham Championship and PGA Tour logos carved into the sand on site at Sedgefield Country Club is Lyle's name and the "Leuk the Duck" mascot. The duck has become synonymous with Challenge, an organization that supports kids with cancer.

Fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby posted the display on social media:

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Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.