Al Geiberger--aka "Mr. 59"--playing with "Mr. 89"
It was a tremendous thrill to play with “Mr. 59″ two weeks ago while on assignment in Palm Springs, California. Geiberger is the pro emeritus at a fabulous new private facility, the Tom Doak-designed Stone Eagle. Words defy description, so “Google” the course and see for yourself.
Anyway–it was just me and Al for 4 hours, maybe there were three or four other groups on the golf course. He’s pushing 70, but still busting it 280 off the tee, scattered five birdies in posting a 1-under 70, all the while providing me aiming points, putting lines and breaks on the green.
The 30th anniversary of his first-ever feat is coming up this June. Chip Beck, David Duval and Annika have all matched him, but “Skippy,” (who had a long-time endorsement deal with the peanut butter company; more on that some other time) was the first—the inaugural sub-60 round on the PGA Tour. He can’t break 60 anymore, but breaking 70? Pretty much any time he puts a peg in the ground.
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Question--after 30 years of the amazing feat, why is al Geiberger not in the World Golf Hall of Fame?
carol B. Gray
10 Champions Tour wins
First person ever to shoot "59" in a PGA Tour event
2-time Ryder Cup Star (played for Hogan/Palmer)
One of the top 5 swings ever seen by Harvey Penick
Overcame permanent ileostomy surgery to continue
his winning ways
When is Al going to be inducted into the World Golf
Hall Of Fame?????