ORLANDO, Fla. -- While there have been 23 perfect games in baseball and 12 people who have walked on the moon, only seven people have ever shot a record score of 59 in competition on either the PGA TOUR or LPGA Tour. Five who can claim the moniker of Mr. or Mrs. 59 will join host Rich Lerner for a roundtable discussion about how the feat changed their lives and careers on the next installment of Legendary Conversation, Monday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.
Joining Lerner are:*
Al Geiberger – He created PGA TOUR history as the first to accomplish the feat during the second round scorching heat of the 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic. The fact that he hit every fairway and every green, and had only 23 putts still resonates.
Chip Beck – He cruised through the 10-month-old Sunrise Golf Club during the third round of the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational. He also won a $1 million bonus for his efforts.
Annika Sorenstam – She became the first – and still the only – woman to shoot 59, breaking the previous low by three strokes. Her feat came during the second round of the 2001 Standard Register Ping in Phoenix.
Paul Goydos – He made more than 180 feet of putts during the first round of the 2010 John Deere Classic in Illinois. He didn’t realize what he had done until he was asked to put a 59 on the stat sheet he signed to chronicle his record-tying score.
Stuart Appleby – He birdied the final three holes in the final round of the 2010 Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia, breaking a personal four-year winless drought. His accomplishment came less than a month after Goydos’ 59.
“I still think there’s a little magic about breaking 60,” Sorenstam said. “I think it’s the magic barrier that’s in your mind.”
Lerner leads a discussion that covers such topics as the mental tricks the players used to stay focused, what “staying in the zone” meant to them at the time, how critical putting was during their historic rounds, how the feat has changed their careers and lives, and whether the world will witness a score of 58 in the future.
*David Duval (1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, final round) and Jim Furyk (2013 BMW Championship, 2nd round) were not able to join the show due to prior commitments.
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