The Korean Professional Golf Association’s (KPGA) Conferry Tour had a ‘dream 59’.
The first round of the BMW Charity Pro-Am ($1 million purse) on the PGA-Conferry Tour at Handblade Club (Par 71) in Greer, South Carolina, USA, concluded on Monday (Sept. 9). Michael Figles (USA) carded his 12th birdie of the day on the ninth (par-3) to complete a dream 59.
Starting on the 10th (par-4), Figles reeled off six birdies on the 10th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th, before a birdie on the second followed by five straight birdies on the fifth through the ninth to finish with 12 birdies and no bogeys on the day for a 12-under-par 59.
His birdie putt on the final hole was a long one, about 7.5 meters, and he pumped his fist in celebration as the ball dropped into the hole.
His 12 birdies in the round are tied for the second-most ever on the Confederation Tour. The most ever was 13 by Sam Burns in the first round of the 2017 Confederation Tour Championship 토토사이트.
It was the ninth time in his career that he has shot in the low 60s on the Confederation Tour. It is the second time this season since Mack Meisner (USA) in the second round of the Comcast Suncoast Classic in April.
The previous lowest round on the Confederation Tour was a 58 by Stefan Jaeger in 2016. Jaeger shot a 58 with 12 birdies in the first round of the Elliman Classic at TPC Stoneleigh (Par 70).
However, the odds of a sub-60 player winning are not as good as you might think. Only two out of eight have won (Jason Gore in 2005 and Stefan Jaeger in 2016). That’s a 25% chance.
Two of the eight players who shot 59 didn’t even finish in the top 10. Mac Meisner shot a 59 in the second round of the Lecom Classic in April and finished tied for 16th, while Russell Knox shot a 59 in the second round of the 2013 Albertson’s Boys Open and finished tied for 12th.
Figles ended the first round with a one-shot lead, but was followed by David Skins and Joe Teeter, who were two strokes back. He hit 69 percent of his fairways and 88.9 percent of his greens in regulation, while needing just 23 putts.
Figles, who has been playing on the Confederation Tour since last year, is yet to win and has missed the cut seven times in 10 events this year.