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The 23-year-old eagled his final hole to become just the seventh person and the youngest ever to shoot a sub-60 score on the PGA Tour
Justin Thomas Becomes Youngest Man To Shoot 59
World number 12 Justin Thomas eagled his final hole to shoot the PGA Tour's seventh 59 yesterday in the opening round of the Sony Open.
The 23-year-old, who won the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii just four days prior, eagled the ninth hole to shoot the magic number after opening with a pitch-in eagle on the 10th.
It means he is the youngest man in PGA Tour history to shoot the score.
"It was obviously a fun day," said Thomas. "I just kind of had it rolling out there. All my birdies were easy, it wasn't like I made any long putts or anything."
"I knew if I hit a good drive on nine I was going to have a seven or eight-iron in. I missed carrying the bunker by six inches!
"I wasn't too nervous over the putt, I was just focused on making it. I got more excited from seeing them [playing partners Jordan Spieth and Daniel Berger] get excited than I did my putt going in.
"But it's not like winning the tournament you know. It's an unbelievable round, but you have three days left still. So I didn't really know how to react."
Thomas played with Jordan Spieth and Daniel Berger, two of his closest friends on the PGA Tour.
“The coolest part for me was how excited they were for me on 18," Thomas said. "To do that with two of your best friends out here and two of your friends that you played with for so long … I’ll have that on them for now.
“I didn’t really know how to react. I never had a putt on the last hole on a Thursday mean so much. So that was a little odd, and I don’t even know what I did,” he added. “I just know I looked at them, and they were going nuts and I think I went nuts.”
Jordan Spieth, who marked Thomas' card, was spotted fishing in a canoe with close friend Smylie Kaufman before the pair capsized under a big wave, see the video below:
The first 59 on the PGA Tour was shot by Al Geiberger in 1977 and the second one didn't come until 14 year later in 1991 from Chip Beck at the Las Vegas Invitational.
Since then, David Duval (1999), Paul Goydos (2010), Stuart Appleby (2010), Jim Furyk (2013 and 2016) and Justin Thomas (2017) are the only other men to shoot below 60 on the PGA Tour.
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