Stuart Appleby shoots a 59 and wins the Greenbreir Classic

When you think golf during the weekend you think Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, maybe Fred Couples but not Stuart Appleby. Stuart Appleby felt opportunity, not nerves, as he started running out of real estate in the chase for golf’s magic number 59 during the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. 

The Australian birdied the final three holes with putts of 15 feet or less Sunday to become the fifth PGA Tour player to reach the low-round record and win the Greenbrier Classic by a shot.

He also broke a four-year winless drought, when third-round leader Jeff Overton narrowly missed a long birdie try on the par-3 18th that would have forced a playoff.

Here is a priceless quote that describes his day and what it feels like to win on the PGA Tour…

“I was quite comfortable. It’s not a nerve-racking thing to be involved in. I had a lot of opportunities and I made them. It was great to do that to win the tournament.”

Appleby’s 11-under round on the Old White course put him at 22 under. Overton, playing three groups behind Appleby, shot 67 to finish at 21 under.

The others to shoot 59 were Al Geiberger at the 1977 Memphis Classic, Chip Beck at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational and David Duval at the 1999 Bob Hope Classic.

Appleby’s achievement was the first 59 on a par-70 course. Goydos’ came on a par 71 and the others on par 72s. Appleby understands there might be some debate as to whether his achievement is right up there with the others.

Jeff Overton came in second but it came down to the last stroke to force a playoff but he missed a 52 footer. Overton had 34 putts in the final round, three-putting three times. Here is a priceless quote from Jeff:

“I got beat by a 59,” said Overton, who had his third runner-up finish of the year and remains win less in five years on the Tour. “What can you say? I played great, hit a lot of great shots. You can’t win golf tournaments when you putt it that bad.”

Brendon de Jonge (65) finished third at 17 under. Tied at 15 under were Points (70), Woody Austin (63), Paul Stankowski (64), Roger Tambellini (65) and Jimmy Walker (67).

…Wow, what a tournament. To shoot a 59 is quite a big accomplishment. I think golf is so much more entertaining when it isn’t the big gunners or big names like we are used to hearing as sports fans. This is a nice accomplishment by Stuart and it should put him back on the map and he should be feeling great going into next weeks events. However, I feel really bad for the young kid Overton. He played well all week-long and almost hit the 5o footer at the end. He missed a short four-foot putt for birdie on the 17th and it cost him the match. His anger really got to him and it forced him to lose the event. He is an up and comer and I think people will be hearing his name around golf for many years to come…

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