Justin Thomas joins 59 club


Justin Thomas became the youngest player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59 last night.

The 23-year-old – who won the season-opener in Hawaii last week – eagled the 18th at the Sony Open to shoot the magic number, and become only the seventh person ever to do it.

He was playing in the same group as his best friend, and said: “I think I got more excited from seeing them get excited than I did my putt going in.

“’I thought about it going up to the green. I’m like, ‘If I make it, what am I going to do?’ It’s not like winning a tournament. You have three days left to try to play well. So I didn’t really know how to react. I never had a putt on the last hole on a Thursday mean that much.”

Jim Furyk was the last player with a sub-60 round when he closed with a record-breaking 58 at the Travelers Championship last summer. Furyk also had a 59 in 2013 at the BMW Championship, joining the exclusive group that includes Al Geiberger (1977 Memphis Classic), Chip Beck (1991 Las Vegas Invitational), David Duval (1999 Bob Hope Classic), Paul Goydos (2010 John Deere Classic) and Stuart Appleby (2010 Greenbrier Classic).

The PGA Tour 59 Club

Al Geiberger, 1977

The first-ever player to shoot 59 during the second round of the 1977 Memphis Classic at Colonial Country Club. He became known at Mr. 59, after 11 birdies and an eagle on the par-72.

Chip Beck, 1991

Shot his sub-60 in the third round of the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational, bagging an astonishing 13 under after 29 on the front nine.

David Duval, 1999

Famously shot his 59 in the last round of the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, to win. It was made up of 10 birdies and then an eagle on the 18th.

Paul Goydos, 2010

Bagged his at the 2010 John Deere Classic, taking just 22 putts in the process!

Stuart Appleby, 2010

His final round 11-under 59 in the 2010 Greenbrier Classic helped him his fifth PGA Tour title.

Jim Furyk, 2013

Shot sub-60 in the second round of the BMW Championship, with 11 birdies and a hole-out eagle two. 

Good, but not on the PGA Tour

Ryo Ishikawa shot 58 in 2010 on the Japan Golf Tour

Notah Begay III shot 59 in 1998 on the Nike Tour

Doug Dunakey shot 59 in 1998 on the Nike Tour

Annika Sorenstam shot 59 in 2001 at the Standard Register Ping.

Masahiro Kuramoto shot 59 in 2003 on the Japan Golf Tour

Jason Gore shot 59 in 2005 on the Nationwide Tour

Adrien Mork shot 59 in 2006 on the Challenge Tour

Will Wilcox shot 59 on the Web.com Tour

Russell Knox shot 59 on the Web.com Tour in 2013

A sub-60 score has never been posted on the European Tour

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