(Reuters) – Englishman Oliver Fisher carded the primary sub-60 spherical in Ecu Excursion historical past with an improbable 12-under-par 59 on day two of the Portugal Masters on Friday.
The 30-year-old even had a birdie putt at the 18th for a 58 which might have equaled the bottom spherical in skilled golfing.
Fisher ignored that however finished his par to put in writing his identify within the Ecu Excursion report books.
He bagged 10 birdies and an eagle and not using a unmarried dropped shot as he soared to the highest of the leaderboard.
For the reason that formation of the Ecu Excursion in 1972 there were 19 rounds of 60.
“It feels nice,” stated Fisher, whose opening spherical at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golfing Route, used to be a pedestrian level-par 71.
“I began off with 3 instantly birdies after which stored it going. I’m simply happy that I two-putted there from 40-foot at the closing. It used to be a super day.
“It used to be a laugh, I attempted to experience it and fortunately I were given over the road.”
London-based Fisher’s earlier declare to status at the Ecu Excursion used to be profitable the Czech Open in 2011 — his most effective name.
Whilst now not exceptional, sub-60 rounds are extraordinarily uncommon in skilled golfing.
Al Geiberger used to be the primary participant to do it at the PGA Excursion with a 13-under 59 on the Memphis Vintage in 1977 whilst Chip Beck additionally carded a 59 on the Las Vegas World in 1991.
Since David Duval additionally controlled a 59 on the Bob Hope Vintage 19 years in the past there were 5 extra 59s and a PGA report 58 put in combination via 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk.
Furyk, who additionally has a 59 to his identify, carded his 58 in 2016 on the Vacationers Championship.
American Brandt Snedeker scored a 59 this yr at the PGA Excursion on the Wyndham Championship.
Reporting via Martyn Herman in London, Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Enhancing via Hugh Lawson and Toby Davis