(Reuters) – Kevin Chappell was the 10th participant to wreck 60 at the PGA Excursion as he used a record-tying 9 consecutive birdies to shoot an 11-under 59 on the Greenbrier Vintage in West Virginia on Friday.
In his first event since again surgical operation a 12 months in the past, Chappell had a possibility to tie Jim Furyk’s rock bottom of 58 however ignored an 10-foot birdie putt on the 9th hollow.
His 9 consecutive birdies tied Mark Calcavecchia’s PGA Excursion checklist on the 2009 Canadian Open.
“I used to be putting it smartly, and it appeared like each putt I had used to be a sexy easy learn,” Chappell advised PGA Excursion Radio.
“To move out and feature my first get started again at the PGA Excursion to shoot 59, get myself in rivalry going into the weekend, I simply couldn’t be extra pleased with myself at this time,” he added in a information convention.
In spite of his very good play, the 33-year-old former President Cup participant used to be in 5th position at 10-under 130 after a gap around 71.
American citizens Scottie Scheffler (62) and Robby Shelton (65) and 20-year-old Chilean Joaquin Niemann (62) proportion the lead at 13-under 127.
Adam Lengthy used to be any other stroke again after any other 62.
Issues have been going so smartly for Chappell that he advised his caddie he sought after to shoot 57.
However pars on his ultimate two holes ended that opportunity.
Enjoying the again 9 first, Chappell shot 28, making 8 consecutive birdies after opening with a par.
He began the entrance 9 with any other birdie and added birdies on the 5th and 7th holes.
The sub-60 around used to be the primary at the PGA Excursion since Brandt Snedeker posted a 59 on the 2018 Wyndham Championship.
“Ten months in the past I used to be laying on my sofa and couldn’t stand up,” Chappell stated. “Such a lot of other people sacrificed to get me right here, particularly my circle of relatives. Numerous other people believed in me, installed a large number of arduous paintings.”
Scheffler, who performed within the morning from the again 9 first, additionally had a string of birdies. He made 4 in a row to begin the around at White Sulphur Springs, then added two extra to make the flip at six below.
He accrued two extra, together with one at his final hollow for his 62.
Niemann, additionally beginning at the again 9, used an eagle on the 12th and 6 birdies to catch Scheffler.
Shelton, the primary day chief, then stuck either one of them, making six birdies after an early bogey.
South Korean Im Sung-jae added a 67 to a first-round 66 and used to be six strokes off the tempo.
Reporting by means of Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina, enhancing by means of Pritha Sarkar and Sonya Hepinstall