Missouri-St. Louis' Markus Lindberg becomes 10th college golfer to shoot record 60

Missouri-St. Louis' Markus Lindberg becomes 10th college golfer to shoot record 60

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Missouri-St. Louis' Markus Lindberg becomes 10th college golfer to shoot record 60

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The number 59 remains elusive in college golf, but Markus Lindberg joined an exclusive club Tuesday.

The junior for Missouri-St. Louis, a Division II school, Lindberg fired an 11-under 60 at The Country Club at The Legends in Eureka, Mo., jumping 10 spots on the leaderboard in earning a five-shot victory at the season-opening Arch Cup.

It was not only a 60 to win, but also came in the second end of a long day. The Arch Cup was a 36-hole affair all completed on Tuesday. Lindberg went out and shot a 3-over 74 in the morning round to find himself in a tie for 11th, but then he got right to work in the afternoon.

Lindberg holed his approach shot on an opening par 4 for eagle, and he was off and running. Four consecutive birdies from Nos. 5-8 pushed him out in 6 under. He would follow with a 25-foot birdie putt at No. 10 to reach 7 under for the round, but by the time he reached 14 tee, he was still at that number and appeared unlikely to touch 60 – the lowest score ever recorded in a round of college golf.

Then Lindberg birdied 14, 15 and 17 to move to 10 under in his round and came to the par 5 559-yard 18th in need of a birdie for 60. Lindberg went driver-hybrid to reach the green in two, giving himself a 25-footer for eagle. If he could make the putt, he would record the first 59 in the history of college golf.

Alas, it would roll 3 feet by, and he would knock in the comebacker for a 60. That number, though, tied him for record low single round in the history of college golf, as he became the tenth player to shoot 60 in a college tournament. Lindberg also set a school record for lowest 18-hole and 36-hole scores with his closing 60 and overall total of 134 on the way to his second career college win.

The No. 15 Tritons, by the way, closed in 9-under 275 with a big aid from Lindberg on the way to a 13-shot team victory to open the season. (It was also the team’s sixth consecutive Arch Cup win.)

Lindberg earned Division II All-America honors in 2015-16 for a strong sophomore season that included a win and six other top-10 finishes, and a new school record single-season scoring average of 73.91. The Sweden native also entered his junior year ranked first in school history in career scoring average (75.04).

Still, to go shoot 60 is a whole different world. Lindberg had shown flashes of red number runs, but seeing this level of performance was something new to his coach.

“He was really calm all afternoon and never seemed to get caught up in the moment and what he was trying to do,” said Troy Halterman, Missouri-St. Louis’ head coach. “He just kept hitting shots. He has shown the ability to make large numbers of birdies, but never put a complete round together in a tournament before.”

When will the first sub-60 score in college golf come? Who knows. For now, another historic round of 60 is on the board and there to savor.

Here’s the list of all ten rounds of 60 recorded in college golf:

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Player Team Tournament
Markus Lindberg Missouri-St. Louis 2016 Arch Cup
Michael Miranda St. Thomas Aquinas 2015 Dowling September Shootout
Tomasz Anderson Jacksonville State 2014 Golfweek Program Championship
Matthew Carvell Southeastern Louisiana 2008 Aldila Scenic City Invitational
Zach Bixler Washington 2007 Alister Mackenzie Invitational
Michael Schachner Duke 2007 NCAA Championship
Daniel Summerhays BYU 2006 Ping/Golfweek Preview
Brock Mackenzie Washington 2003 Oregon Duck Invitational
Bryce Molder Georgia Tech 2000 Palmetto Dunes Invitational
Paul Casey Arizona State 1999 Pac-10 Championship

 
– Table compiled by Lance Ringler

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