Thursday, August 7, 2003
Veteran also 1 of 3 to shoot 59 on PGA Tour
OMAHA, Neb. -- Chip Beck, one of only three golfers to shoot a 59 on the PGA Tour, joined an even more exclusive club Thursday when he had a hole in one on a par-4 at the Omaha Classic.
Beck aced the 315-yard 9th hole at The Champions Club. The double eagle on a par-4 was the first on the Nationwide Tour, and only one -- Andrew Magee at the 2001 Phoenix Open -- has been recorded on the PGA Tour.
"I'll remember this shot forever," Beck said. "I'll be 47 years old in another month and I've played this game for 37 years, and I've never seen anything like it, just read about it."
Beck, who finished with a 4-under 68, plans to give the golf ball to his father, Charlie, as a souvenir.
"I kept the ball for him," Beck said. "But he won't believe it unless he sees it for himself on The Golf Channel."
Beck, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour with more than $6 million in career earnings, shot a 59 in the third round of the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational. Al Geiberger, at the 1977 Memphis Classic, and David Duval, at the 1999 Bob Hope Classic, are the only other players to shoot 59s in a PGA Tour event.
Annika Sorenstam had a 59 on the LPGA Tour in 2001.
Magee's double eagle in the first round at Phoenix was a strange shot.
His drive on the 333-yard 17th at the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale caromed off Tom Byrum's putter and went into the hole. Byrum, playing in the group in front, had been squatting down looking over a putt when the ball deflected off his putter and rolled eight feet into the hole.