Challenge Tour player holes out for eagle on final hole, shoots 59

Nicolo Ravano
It's very rare to see a score of 59 in an 18-hole round of golf. On Friday, it happened in the rarest fashion ever when Challenge Tour player Nicolo Ravano holed out for eagle from the fairway on the final hole for his 12-under 59.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, July 15, 2016 | 12:07 p.m.

We take this short break from Open Championship coverage to show you arguably the most dramatic way to card a 59 imaginable.

Nicolo Ravano -- playing in the Challenge Tour's Challenge de Espana on Friday -- holed out for eagle on his final hole to card the historic 12-under 59.



According to the Challenge Tour, Ravano didn't know he shot just the second official 59 in the history of the European, Challenge and Senior Tours until he reached the green.

Here was his reaction:



From the European Challenge Tour:

“It is a great, great feeling,” said Ravano, whose previous career best over 18 holes was eight under par.

“Throughout today I just played safe and gave myself a lot of chances for birdie. Then I went out and holed a lot of putts – I have never putted as well in my life – so am very happy.

“Walking down 18 nobody clapped so it was a really nice surprise to find that it had gone in the hole.

“I was afraid that the ball was spinning out of the green and in to the bunker – when I didn’t see it was on the green that’s what I was looking at.

“There was a ball on the fringe and I thought it was mine. But the caddy of Joseph told me ‘it’s in’ and it was a great moment.

“When I realised it was 59 I was very proud as you don’t see many of those. I am hoping I can make it happen again and get it done. I now have to keep the momentum going over the weekend.”



T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.