You have to play phenomenally to shoot 59, so it’s no surprise the PGA Tour’s 59 club has just 6 members while the European Tour’s is not yet up and running
Al Geiberger, 1977 Memphis Classic
Geiberger was the inaugural member of the 59 Club, putting his wonder score together during the second round of the 1977 Memphis Classic at Colonial Country Club.
Geiberger, who obviously became known as Mr 59, crammed 11 birdies and an eagle into his 13-under par round, and went on to win the tournament, despite not bettering 70 in his other three rounds.
Chip Beck, 1991 Las Vegas Invitational
Beck’s 59 came during the third round of the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational at the Sunrise Golf Course. He opened up with a 40-footer for birdie on his first hole – the 10th – and never let up, adding 12 more birdies.
Sunrise was a late replacement for Spanish Trails, and many players felt a 59 might be possible as the course was short, flat, new and never really designed to host a tournament.
Beck didn’t mind either way as the Hilton Corp hotel chain had put up a $500,000 bonus if anyone could shoot 59, with a further half million going to junior golf and PGA Tour charities – phenomenal sums given that the typical winner’s cheque that year was $180,000.
David Duval, 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
Double D could play a bit in his heyday, nowhere more so than in his highly impressive 59 during the final round of the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
Duval had already compiled 11 birdies heading into the 18th, before memorably hitting it close on the par-5 finale and rolling in the six-footer for eagle.
Most impressive of all is that Duval had birdie or eagle putts on 17 holes and only four of those were outside 10ft. He won the event by one from Steve Pate.
Paul Goydos, 2010 John Deere Classic
Goydos needed just 22 putts in his opening 59 at the 2010 John Deere Classic, shooting an eight-under par 28 on the back nine to match the lowest nine-hole score in relation to par in PGA Tour history.
Incredibly, he only led by one from Steve Stricker, the only man in PGA Tour history to shoot 60 in the first round and find himself trailing!
Stuart Appleby, 2010 Greenbrier Classic
2010 was a vintage year for 59s with Stuart Appleby holing a curling left-to-right 15-footer to not only join the 59 Club but also claim the Greenbrier Classic in dramatic fashion.
Six-under to the turn, Appleby bagged an eagle on 12 and then a trio of birdies to close out his round and pip Jeff Overton by one.
Jim Furyk, 2013 BMW Championship
Furyk’s 59 came in the second round of the BMW Championship in 2013. After a solid start playing the back nine first, his round really got a lift when he holed out from 115 yards on 15 with a wedge to be six-under after six.
Remarkably, Furyk bogeyed the 5th on his homeward run, but hit the magic number with a majestic wedge approach to three feet on his final hole before calmly rolling the putt in.
There have been a number of 59s on the Web.com Tour over the years, and one on the Challenge Tour in Europe in 2006 for Adrien Mork.
Annika Sorenstam shot 59 in the LPGA Tour’s 2001 Standard Register Ping, while Ryo Ishikawa went one better with a 58 in The Crowns event on the Japan Golf Tour in 2010.