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Club 59

January 15, 2017

Imagine handing this little guy in at the clubhouse after 18 green ones. 

Justin Thomas has been on an absolute tear at the 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii. 

Following on from his win last week at the SBS Tournament of Champions his game is looking on point to take out two in a row as he heads into Sunday with a 7 shot lead. 

The 23 year old shot a career best 59 in the first round of the Sony Open and continued on to shoot the lowest ever PGA Tour 36 hole total of 123. 

Teeing it up on day three, Thomas didn't jump off the gas with a 5-under 65 cruising to 22-under, and 188 – tying Steve Stricker’s mark of best opening 54 holes on the PGA Tour achieved at the John Deere Classic in 2010. 

Back to that round of 59 though...

 

It's crazy how calm these cats are, super impressive.

“I was like, well, who knows when this is going to happen again, I may as well try and knock it in. I hit a great putt.”

The 59 enters him into the history books as the 7th player ever on the PGA Tour, joining the illustrious company of Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval, Paul Goydos, Stuart Appleby and Jim Furyk in the exclusive club and is by far the youngest to do so.

Thomas is the first player to card a 59 with multiple eagles and the second player to do it with a bogey. 

And it's worth noting that Jim Furyk has the lowest round PGA Tour record of 58, narrowly missing his putt for a 57!!