Jan 13, 2016: India’s Anirban Lahiri got off to a good start in the Sony Open in Hawaii. Anirban fired four birdies, and an equal number of bogeys at the Waialae Country Club. Justin Thomas underlined his growing reputation around the PGA TOUR with a brilliant 59.
Anirban shot an even 70 that included birdies at the ninth, twelfth, fifteenth and sixteenth holes. Justin Thomas has become the youngest player in history to shoot 59 on the PGA TOUR with an epic opening round at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Fresh off claiming his third PGA TOUR victory at the SBS Tournament of Champions, Thomas became just the seventh individual to shoot a sub-60 round on the PGA TOUR.
He joined illustrious company with Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval, Paul Goydos, Stuart Appleby and Jim Furyk in the exclusive club and at just 23-years-old is by far the youngest to do so.
With eight birdies and two eagles to bookend his round, Thomas is just the second player behind Furyk (who has shot a 58 and a 59 on TOUR) to be sub-60 with a bogey on the card.
“It means a lot. Any time you’re in history in any sport or whatever you’re doing, it’s a good thing,” Thomas said after burying a 14’11” eagle on the ninth hole, his last, at Waialae Country Club.
Starting on the 10th hole Thomas was given an early indication of what might be on the cards when he chipped in for eagle from just off the green.
But then he was unable to get up and down from the sand on the 11th, recording his only blemish of the day.
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