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But is that number becoming less impressive?

Club 59

Justin Thomas becomes youngest player to shoot 59

In the last two tournaments two golfers, Justin Thomas and Adam Hadwin, have shot that score. Not to mention the handful of people that had realistic opportunities at 59 last week at the Sony Open. Granted that course is a Par 70 but still, 59 is a 59. Two of the eight 59’s in PGA history have come within two weeks, and you have to add Jim Furyk‘s 59 in 2016. Three within two years and 2017 just started.

Why is this happening?

John Daly

John Daly

The equipment helps. With the development of clubs these days’ players are now hitting the ball longer than ever. A clear advantage. With this technology not only comes distance but accuracy. New drivers are a tad more forgiving than the wooden drivers golfers used to use. Add that with the distance and hitting fairways is becoming easier.

Fitness doesn’t hurt. Let us take a look at John Daly of the 90’s. Smoked cigarettes liked a stressed out

Rory McIlroy lift

Rory McIlroy lifting

middle aged man. Drank alcohol like a frat boy and ate anything and everything. The gym? Daly is probably allergic to that. Nowadays we see guys like Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and even Tiger look like actual in shape athletes. These guys have visible muscle and the gym is a big part of their game.

With that being said, you can’t downgrade this accomplishment. I’d be happy with a 79 never mind a 59.

Congratulations to both guys on joining an elite list of golf greats. How many more 59’s does 2017 have in store? Maybe Augusta is saving one for this year, who knows at this rate.

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