Oli Fisher became the first player in European Tour history to break 60 at the 2018 Portugal Masters. Not bad for someone who missed the cut in his previous two events and three in the last four.
And it was almost one better as Fisher burned the edge on the hole for a 58 after making 10 birdies and an eagle to reach 12 under par. So who else has gone low on the European Tour?
How many players have shot 60 on the European Tour?
Well, since you ask, it’s 19…
- David Llewellyn – 1988 Biarritz Open
- Ian Woosnam – 1990 Monte Carlo Open
- Jamie Spence – 1992 European Masters
- Paul Curry – 1992 Scottish Open
- Johan Rystrom – 1992 Monte Carlo Open
- Darren Clarke – 1992 Monte Carlo Open
- Bernhard Langer – 1997 German Masters
- Darren Clarke – 1999 European Masters
- Tobias Dier – 2002 TNT Open
- Fredrik Jacobson – 2003 German Masters
- Ernie Els – 2004 Heineken Classic
- Phillip Archer – 2006 Wales Open
- Rafa Cabrera Bello – 2009 Austrian Open
- Kenneth Ferrie – 2011 Andalucia de Golf
- Branden Grace – 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links
- Brandt Snedeker – 2012 HSBC Champions
- Peter Uihlein – 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links
- Scott Jamieson – 2013 Portugal Masters
- Brandon Stone – 2018 Scottish Open
And now a 59?
Yes. Oli Fisher’s is the first ever 59 on the European Tour that actually counts…
- Oli Fisher – 2018 Portugal Masters
What do you mean ‘that actually counts’?
Well, Jorge Campillo and Colin Nel both carded 59s at the 2013 Nelson Mandela Championship. But because so much rain had fallen ahead of the round in South Africa that week, the preferred lies rule was in place, which means they were allowed to lift, clean and place their balls.
They still got to mark 59s on their cards though?
They did. They are just not recognised as 59s in the history books. The tournament was also cut to 54 holes because the fourth and final day clashed with the funeral of Mandela himself.
And what about on the PGA Tour?
Ah. Now loads of players have done it over there. You can read all about them here.