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European Tour sees first -- and second -- 59 in matter of minutes; they're unofficial
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Friday, December 13, 2013 | 8:43 a.m.
Prior to today, the score of "59" had never been recorded on the European Tour since it was founded in 1972.
But in a span of 10 minutes in Friday's second round of the Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban, South Africa (the tournament started a day early due to Mandela's state funeral scheduled for Sunday and was then reduced to 54 holes because of weather), two players registered the elusive score... sort of.
Spain's Jorge Campillo and South Africa's Colin Nel each fired the rounds of 11-under 59 at the par-70 Mount Edgecombe Country Club early in the second round.
Those scores are unofficial, according to this tweet by the European Tour, because the lift, clean and place provision was in place:
Congrats @jcampillogolf & Colin Nel on superb 59s today. Unfortunately reduced par & prefd. lies mean they don't count as 1st official ET 59
— The European Tour (@European_Tour) December 13, 2013
Lift, clean and place, or not, a 59 is incredible. Two of them are mind-blowing.
Campillo's 59 featured seven birdies and two eagles, while Nel's came as the result of nine birdies and an eagle.
Six players have shot 59 on the PGA Tour while the European Tour is still waiting for its first official 59. The last player to do so was Jim Furyk in the second round of the 2013 BMW Championship.
Furyk made 11 birdies and holed out for eagle in that round at Conway Farms Golf Club near Chicago and made a 3-footer at the par-4 ninth hole -- his final hole -- for a 12-under 59.
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