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Sutherland cards Champions Tour's first 59

ESPN staff
August 16, 2014
Kevin Sutherland narrowly missed out on a 58 © Getty Images

Kevin Sutherland made history by shooting the first 59 in Champions Tour history on Saturday at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open - but it should have been even better.

The 50-year-old needed a par on No.18 to become the first player to card a 58 in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, but he proceeded to produce his only bogey of the day, sending a par putt from six feet just past the hole.

Sutherland started Saturday's second round with seven birdies and an eagle on the first eight holes. He ended up with 12 birdies overall, including three straight coming into No.18 to set up the chance for a 58.

He eventually settled for a 13-under 59, after shooting 71 in Friday's first round in his third Champions Tour event.

Sutherland has one career PGA Tour title, winning the 2002 Match Play Championship.

Six players have shot a 59 on the PGA Tour.

After an eagle on the fifth hole, Sutherland said he got the feeling "this could be a good day." A chip-in for birdie from a bunker on the par-three seventh confirmed it.

"That was my biggest break of the day," Sutherland said. "I guess you need a margin of luck to shoot a 59."

Many of the other players who had finished their rounds gathered to watch Sutherland finish.

"I wasn't expecting that," Sutherland said. "It blew me away. It's emotional, really, to see those guys, the support you get out here."

He added, "Who would have thought you'd bogey the last hole and still feel great?"

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