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Paul Goydos becomes fourth man to card 59 on PGA Tour

Paul Goydos
American Goydos carded 28 on the back nine

American Paul Goydos became the fourth golfer in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59 in the first round of the John Deere Classic in Illinois.

The 46-year-old carded 12 birdies to finish the day 12 under par, one ahead of fellow American Steve Stricker.

"It's almost a mythical number in our game," said the Californian. "I've gone from clubbing a ball in the backyard all the way to the moon."

David Duval, Chip Beck and Al Geiberger are the other players to have made 59.


Phil Mickelson fired in a 59 during the 2004 PGA Grand Slam of Golf but his score did not count in the record books because the competition was not an official event.

Goydos's eight-under 28 on the back nine matched the lowest nine-hole score in relation to par in PGA Tour history.

American Corey Pavin recorded eight-under 26 in the first round of the 2006 US Bank Championship in Milwaukee.

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Dead-eye Duval smashes record
04 Feb 99 |  Golf
Magic Mickelson fires 59 in Kauai
24 Nov 04 |  Golf
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