Paul Goydos Becomes the Fourth PGA Tour Player in History to Score a 59

After four months of rather poor play on the PGA Tour, Paul Goydos managed to turn things around just a bit — he shot a 59.

Out of nowhere.

"Today was a nuclear bomb," Goydos said. "I don't know where it came from. If I knew that, I wouldn't be able to touch it."

But Goydos held merely a one-stroke lead Thursday after an incredible opening round at the John Deere Classic. Defending champion Steve Stricker shot a 60, making for the two lowest scores of all time in a round at a PGA Tour event.

Golf balls fly an unprecedented distance, powered by titanium drivers and players who now work out on a regular basis and play on courses in immaculate condition.

And yet, Goydos became just the fourth player in the long history of the PGA Tour to reach the game's Holy Grail and shoot 59.

"That's just a mythical number in our game," Goydos said at the TPC Deere Run, where he joined Al Geiberger, Chip Beck and David Duval as the only players to break 60 in an official PGA Tour event. "It's an iconic number."

Paul Goydos birdied eight of his last nine holes Thursday at the TPC Deere Run to shoot 12-under-par 59 in the first round of the John Deere Classic. He is the fourth player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59, and the first since Jacksonville native David Duval did it in 1999 in the final round of the Bob Hope Classic.