Sutherland cards Champions Tour's first 59
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Kevin Sutherland recorded the first sub-60 score on the Champions Tour, carding a 13-under 59 Saturday at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.
The 50-year-old Sutherland made 12 birdies and an eagle in his second round at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y.
"I was making everything," Sutherland said.
He began his round with seven birdies and an eagle in his first eight holes. He missed both the fairway and green at the closing par-4 18th, and was unable to save par, missing a 6-footer for the chance to shoot 58.
"I started thinking (about 59) earlier than you should be, but it turned out all right," Sutherland said.
Sutherland shot 1-under 71 in the first round Friday, and now holds the clubhouse lead at 14 under. He is playing in his third Champions Tour event, after having turned 50 on July 4. Sutherland's lone victory on the PGA Tour was the 2002 WGC-Match Play Championship.
There had been no sub-60 scores on the Champions Tour before Sutherland's, but six players have carded 59s on the PGA Tour, five have shot the number on the Web.com Tour and Annika Sorenstam shot the LPGA's only 59, in 2001.