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Sutherland totals 59

Sutherland totals 59

August 16th, 2014 in News

ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) - Kevin Sutherland was only eight holes into his round Saturday at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open and already thinking about a 59.

"You're not supposed to do that, are you?" he said.

The way this magical round went, nothing was going to stop him. Sutherland became the first player in Champions Tour history to shoot a 59, and it might have been even better except for a three-putt bogey from about 40 feet just off the 18th green.

"Thank God I didn't four-putt," he said.

The 59 gave Sutherland a one-shot lead against Steve Lowery. Sutherland was at 14-under 130 at En-Joie.

Sutherland, playing in third Champions Tour event since turning 50 in June, opened with four straight birdies - two of them longer than 30 feet - and hit hybrid into 6 feet for eagle on the par-5 fifth hole. He ran off three more birdies, including a bunker shot he holed on No. 7 that hit the pin instead of rolling 10 feet away. Sure enough, after thinking about a 59, he made par on No. 9 to go out in 27.

Not only did the gallery begin to grow, Sutherland said the players ahead would watch him hit into the green. He made a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 11 for his second straight birdie, and then settled down for three straight pars. He drove onto the par-4 16th hole for a two-putt birdie to reach 13 under, and then he stuffed his approach to tap-in distance on the 17th, leaving him a par away from 58.

Lowery had nine birdies in his round of 65.