Posted by: Rolf | November 18, 2014

Magic Number 58

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John Hahn, a 25-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, shot a 12-under 58 in the fourth round of the European Tour Q-School. 

Hahn made 12 birdies and six pars on the shorter of the two courses being used this week, the PGA Catalunya Resort, but with preferred lies in place, the score won’t go down as a record.  

Still, Hahn managed to jump 90 places, from six strokes outside the cut line into the top 15 with two rounds remaining. 

Beginning his round on the back nine of, according to the 2014 World Golf Awards, Spain’s best golf course, the Kent State All-American started his round with five consecutive birdies.  

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ESPN Golf reported that Hahn made it easy on himself by leaving a tap-in birdie putt on 18 to secure the magic number minus one. 

According to European Tour officials the 58 would not count as a record because local tournament rules allowed for player to lift their golf ball, clean it and replace it on the fairway in a preferred lie. These circumstances are permitted when inclement weather creates extremely muddy or soggy grounds. 

Interestingly, of the six recorded 59’s on the PGA tour by Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval, Paul Goydos, Stuart Applebee, and Jim Furyk—both Geiberger and Goydos shot the rounds under lift, clean, and place conditions.  

Hahn played in 22 events on the European Tour last year and posted two top-10s, a tie for sixth at the Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa and a tie for third at the Africa Open.  

He led the qualifying school through two rounds last year and eventually finished seventh to get his European Tour card. 

Hahn, a three-time All-American at Kent State, is close friends with Peter Uihlein and Brooks Koepka, who won the Turkish Airlines Open by the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Sunday and ranks sixth in the Race to Dubai.  

Ryo Ishikawa shot a final round 58 to win the Japan Tour’s The Crowns in 2010 and Shigeki Maruyama shot 58 in sectional qualifying for the 2000 U.S. Open. 

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Shooting one under golf’s “holy grail” of 59 no matter what the conditions, nevertheless, deserves a big round of applause, tweeted European golf professional Lee Westwood. 

See you at the first tee…

 

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