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Aussie Stuart Appleby began his
walk into golf history, innocently enough
Sunday, with a 4. When he followed that
par with eight straight 3s, the front nine
numbers added up to 28. His card looked
like he had been playing miniature golf.
In Ireland, Brit Ross Fisher was still
celebrating a smashing victory in the
3Irish Open. And by the time Appleby
arrived at the 10th tee at the Greenbrier
Classic in West Virginia, Fisher had long
since gotten over the fact that his Friday
61 easily could have been the first 59 ever
on the European Tour. He had, after all,
leapt into sixth place on the Euro Ryder
Cup points list and the week’s golf world
stage was his alone.
Not so fast, mate.
Actually, Appleby’s 59, only the fifth in
PGA Tour history, didn’t come without a
Saturday, the Greenbrier had sur-
rendered a 60 to J.B. Holmes and a 61 to
D. A. Points. Last month, a journeyman
named Paul Goydos had torched the John
Deere Classic for 59. And last Wednesday,
a 17-year-old from Alabama named Bobby
Wyatt signed for 57 in a junior event.
Sunday was also the day Yani Tseng
won her third LPGA major. It was the day
Tiger Woods dropped from the list of the
top eight automatic qualifiers for the U.S.
Ryder Cup team. The din from this latest
in a tidal wave of low scores drowned out
both of those significant stories.
But what a beautiful noise.