Throwback Thursday: Beck ends long wait for another 59

The Scoop

This week in 1991 Chip Beck became only the second PGA Tour player to break 60 during a round

The Background

Chip Beck carded a 72 during his second round at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational. It was nothing special but nothing to be kicking yourself about.

However, what was to follow the next day was something out of the ordinary when he played the Sunrise South Course, one of the courses being used that week.

The Scene

Beck opened up his round with a 60 footer that he said “never left the centre of the hole”.

It would be the story of his round.

The American made 13 birdies and five pars as he became only the the second player ever to break 60 on Tour, joining Al Geiberger who shot a 59 at the Memphis Classic in 1977.

Despite equalling the best round in PGA Tour history Beck went on to finish tied for third at the tournament.

The Legacy

The historic round meant Beck received a bonus of $1 million over 20 years. Half would go to a charity of his choice and the other would go directly to Beck himself.

The round is now all but forgotten with plenty of players joining him in shooting sub-60. Justin Thomas was the most recent player to do so at the 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii.

Jim Furyk is the only player in history to go one better. His 58 at the Travellers Championship was his second round below 60 and the lowest score in lowest score in PGA Tour history.

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