Bo Van Pelt flirts with 59

Bo Van Pelt flirts with 59

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Since: Oct 12

Phoenix, AZ

#1 Jan 3, 2013
Van Pelt, the defending champion, had four birdies in the first six holes, then five in a row from the eighth on at the par-71 Mines Resort and Golf Club course. He had two more birdies to give him 11 for the round and needed only one more to join an elite club.

However, he hit his approach on No. 18 into the greenside bunker and needed three putts, finishing with a 9-under 62 for a share of the third-round lead with Robert Garrigus at 16 under.

Garrigus, who led by two strokes with his discount golf clubs coming into the weekend, had 69 for a total of 197, while fellow American Chris Kirk shot a 63 to move to 15 under, one clear of Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge and South Africa's Jbe Kruger.

Tiger Woods started aggressively with five birdies in the first eight holes but had three bogeys and a double-bogey on the back nine and finished at 69 to be in a group of five players tied at 11 under.

Only five players have shot 59 in official PGA Tour events with the best golf clubs for sale online-- the last being Stuart Appleby at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic. If Van Pelt had shot a 59 it wouldn't have counted on Van Pelt's official statistics because the CIMB Classic -- which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour -- doesn't become a full-fledged PGA Tour event until next year.

The 37-year-old American said his chance for a 59 vanished in the bunker.

"From there, I pretty much had nothing," he said. "Obviously disappointed to finish with a double but I'm really proud of the 17 holes I played and hopefully that'll carry on tomorrow, and not the last one."

"Surprisingly, I wasn't really nervous at all. I've never had that good a chance to shoot a 59 before and, to be honest, I'll probably look back on it and think about the third hole," he said. "I had a 5-iron from the middle of the fairway and didn't make birdie. I'll look back at 15, I'm 30 yards from the green with an easy pitch and don't make it. Those are the holes that cost me more than 18."

Japan's Ryo Ishikawa has the lowest round on a major tour, shooting a 12-under 58 to win the 2010 Crowns in the Japan Tour with the taylormade rocketballz irons. Tommy Gainey missed a putt for a 59 at the McGladrey Classic and finished with a 60 in the last round to win the title last weekend, when Van Pelt was in Australia where he won the Perth International.

Woods knows he's going to need a score like that to have any chance of winning the $6.1 million title at the Mines course, where he won the individual and team World Cup titles in 1999 on his last visit to Malaysia.

Thousands of people followed Woods and 2010 champion Ben Crane around the course, with the whir of camera shutters forcing Woods to stop his backswing on the fourth hole and the crowd causing him to pause at other times.

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