Murphy shoots 56 in Nationwide pro-am
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Trevor Murphy almost withdrew from the Tuesday pro-am at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational because of a sore back. He decided to play, and rewarded himself (and his playing partners) with a course-record 56 at Ohio State’s Gray Course.
Yes, it was a pro-am, but Murphy holed out every shot and ensures us, “I played my own ball, no mulligans.”
Murphy, who started on the course’s fifth hole, hit all 18 greens in regulation. After struggling to recall all his birdies, he said, “I was in la-la land. That’s half the reason I shot that.”
He had one eagle, 12 birdies and five pars. Murphy’s three pro-am partners only contributed two strokes to the team score, but the team still won by five shots with a 54.
Ohio State’s Scarlet Course, host of this week’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational, is one of the tougher layouts on the Nationwide Tour. Its sister Gray Course plays at least 10 shots easier, estimated one caddie. The Gray is a 5,800-yard, par-70 that plays on the perimeter of the Scarlet Course.
The Gray Course has a course rating of 66.6 and a slope of 111. The previous course record was 59 by former Ohio State player Patrick Simard. There are five par-4s that measure 330 yards or shorter, but Murphy said he did not drive any of them. He reached all three par-5s in two shots.
“It was just one of those days where you just go out and everything goes in,” Murphy said. “You don’t expect it to happen.”
After starting with two pars, Murphy went birdie-eagle-birdie on Nos. 7-9. His eagle came after he hit 6-iron to 6 feet on the 512-yard, par-5 eighth hole.
He birdied every hole but one on the back nine for an 8-under 27. He birdied No. 1 to complete a 13-hole stretch that he played in 13 under par. He missed a 6-foot birdie putt on his final hole, the 127-yard, par-3 fourth hole.
Murphy’s previous low career round was a 60 shot in a Gateway Tour event.
He’s No. 51 on the Nationwide Tour money list. He shot 18 under par to finish 15th at last week’s Chiquita Classic.
Murphy is a former elite-level skier who competed on the U.S. junior team alongside the likes of Olympic star Lindsey Vonn.