Jul
28
2010
Apparently Breaking 60 is the New 4-Minute Mile
By Merf under General

Or like throwing a no-hitter in the Major Leagues? 59 used to be golf’s magic number, a score that guaranteed golfing immortality.

But that number has lost a little bit of its luster lately.

Just this month alone, Paul Goydos became the first player on the PGA Tour in 11 years to shoot a 59, while Steve Stricker and Carl Pettersson nearly joined him, firing 60s. In a Nationwide Tour pro-am last week, Trevor Murphy shot an outrageous 56.

And now a 17-year-old has shot a 57.

Alabama-bound Bobby Wyatt shot a 14-under 57 to win the Alabama Boy’s State Junior Championship. How’s this for a two day score: 68-57–125?

Wyatt was 11-under through 11 holes at the par 71, 6,628-yard Country Club of Mobile. His pace was slowed down by four pars and three birdies over the final seven holes, but he still won by eight. Wyatt had 12 birdies and an eagle on a course that Stewart Cink says is no slouch via Twitter:

CC of Mobile is a course I know well. One of my favorites. Not a pushover by any stretch of the imagination…

Is this a Twilight Zone type of month? Or a sign of things to come? After all, Ryo Ishikawa started all this madness with his 58 on the Japan Tour earlier this year. But why this avalanche of silly scores now? And when is one of golf’s stars going to join the club?

Surprisingly, the European Tour has never had a 59, but Graeme McDowell is saying that could change this week at the Irish Open. He shot a 59 in a friendly round with his dad on his 31st birthday last week.

“I would say there is a 59 out there. The greens are quite undulating with big run-off areas so if it did get firm with a bit of breeze it could be tricky,” McDowell said. “But if it’s going to remain soft, with not much wind, I think the putting surfaces are good enough for it. That’s the key to shooting very low: the putting surfaces have to be good and I think they are good enough out there this week so it could happen.”

I guess we’re at the point now where 59s are becoming predictable? Crazy.