T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
Mini-tour player shoots unbelievable 56
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For years and years, shooting a "59" has been incredibly special. It still is. But, it's nothing compared to what 25-year-old Jesse Massie did in a casual round in Louisville, Ky., on Friday.
After shooting a 67 in a morning round, Massie went 11 -- that's right, 11 -- shots better in the afternoon for a mind-boggling round of 16-under-par 56.
The round included one eagle, 14 birdies and even a penalty stroke for Massie, who plays primarily on the NGA Hooter Tour's Carolina Series.
The course was short by professional standards at 6,450 yards and par 72 from the back tees, but the score was still remarkable.
"When he came into the shop, he was shaking," explained Jack Ridge, head pro at Glenmary. "I couldn't believe it. Nobody walks in and says they shot a 56."
Massie reached 17 of the 18 greens in regulation during his record round, remarkably needing only 21 putts. The lone green missed resulted from his tee shot at the par-4 fifth hole, where Massie's drive became lodged in a cedar tree. After taking a drop for an unplayable lie, he got up and down from 150 yards to save par, one of only three pars he carded during the round.
"I was more nervous when I was 11- or 12-under, because you want to break 60 so bad," said Massie, who added that his round included 10 made putts from outside 12 feet. "By the time I got to 14-under, I was just trying to get to the clubhouse."
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