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On Tour: The '59ers'

By: Tom Mackin

You can be sure of three things when the PGA Tour stops in Palm Springs: sunshine, former Presidents, and low scores. How low? Six players have shot a 59 in PGA Tour history, including David Duval during the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. But was that a good thing or bad thing for their career? You decide.

Al Geiberger, 1977
The trailblazer when it comes to shooting 59 on the Tour, he carded 11 birdies and an eagle at the Colonial Country Club in Tennessee during the Memphis Classic.
BEFORE: The California native had nine wins, including the 1966 PGA Championship, prior to his record-setting round.
AFTER: Won once more on the PGA Tour (two years later at the Colonial National Invitation) and then 10 more times on the Champions Tour between 1987 and 1996.

Chip Beck, 1991
During the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational at The Sunrise Golf Course in Las Vegas was the site of Beck’s 59, which included 13 birdies overall.
BEFORE: Three PGA Tour wins, including the 1988 Los Angeles Open at Riviera.
AFTER: Won once more at the 1992 Freeport-McMoran Golf Classic, played on two winning Ryder Cup teams (1991 and 1993) and came in second at the 1993 Masters. You can follow him on Twitter (@chipbeck59).

David Duval, 1999
Remember his emphatic fist pump, shirttail hanging out, when he sank a short putt to eagle the last hole for his 59 during the final round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic? Yes that was almost 15 years ago.
BEFORE: With eight wins in the previous two seasons, Duval was on fire prior to shooting his 59.
AFTER: Won four more times, including the 2001 British Open. But since then? Only a second place finish at the 2009 U.S. Open and a declaration on Twitter (@david59duval) last December stating “As a player you need to perform and if I don’t do that in 2014 I will do something else.”

Paul Goydos, 2010
During the opening round at the 2010 John Deere Classic, Goydos started on the back nine and shot an 8-under 28 before slipping to a mere 4-under on the front nine for his record tying round.
BEFORE: Owner of two career PGA Tour wins (1996 Bay Hill Invitational and the 2007 Sony Open) prior to his 59.
AFTER: Wrist surgery in 2012 has hampered him, but has just two second place finishes (both in 2011; The Players Championship and Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open) since 2010.

Stuart Appleby, 2010
Just a few weeks after Goydos went low, a final round 11-under 59—which featured birdies on the final three holes—at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic allowed the Aussie to win the title on a par-70 layout.
BEFORE: Won eight times on PGA Tour prior to shooting 59, but had four winless years immediately prior to the 2010 win, which helped earn him PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year honors.
AFTER: While he did win the JBWere Australian Masters in his native country three months after his 59, his best PGA Tour finish since then has been ninth in the 2013 Travelers Championship

Jim Furyk, 2013
In the second round of the BMW Championship, Furyk made 11 birdies and one eagle to shoot a 12-under 59.
BEFORE: All 16 of his PGA Tour wins, including the 2003 U.S. Open came before his 59.
AFTER: He may be winless since 2010, with three second place finishes (including the 2013 PGA Championship) but he has earned $3.2 million last year.

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