Jan 13th, 2017
Justin Thomas youngest ever to shoot 59
This boy is.... ON....FIRE...
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images
There's no stopping Justin Thomas. Four days ago he walked off with the SBS Tournament of Champions title. Yesterday he became the youngest player on the PGA Tour to join the 59 club. And he did it in style, rolling in a 15 foot eagle putt on 18.
JT also eagled his opening hole with a 34-yard chip in, and added eight birdies at Waialae Country Club Honolulu. He even had the luxury of a dropped shot somewhere in there.
His lone blemish came at the 11th - his second - but he hit back to birdie eight of the next 10 holes before his last hole eagle entered him into the history books.
Thomas is also the second player to have achieved the feat with an eagle at his final hole, matching the achievement of David Duval when he closed with a 59 to win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in 1999.
"It was obviously a fun day," said Thomas. "I just kind of had it rolling out there. All my birdies were easy, it wasn't like I made any long putts or anything."
It almost went wrong for JT at his 17th hole when he had to make a 10 foot par save. The nerves were plain to see as he teed it up on the 9th (his 18th) and he found the fairway bunker with his drive. His 5-iron from the trap was sensational, however, setting up the glorious finish.
"That save on eight was huge," he added. "It gave me a chance because I knew if I hit a good drive on nine I was going to have a seven or eight-iron in. I missed carrying the bunker by six inches!
"I wasn't too nervous over the putt, I was just focused on making it. I got more excited from seeing them get excited than I did my putt going in.
"But it's not like winning the tournament you know. It's an unbelievable round, but you have three days left still. So I didn't really know how to react."
Jim Furyk remains the only player to have broken 60 twice, his feats including a record 12-under 58 at the Travelers Championship last year.
Al Geiberger in 1977 was the first player to post 59 on the PGA Tour,
Chip Beck (1991)
David Duval (1999)
Paul Goydos (2010)
Stuart Appleby (2010)
Jim Furyk (2013)
Justin Thomas (2017)
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