Stuart Appleby Becomes the Fifth PGA Tour Player in History to Score a 59

In the entire history of the PGA Tour, which dates to 1916, there had been a total of three official scores of 59, and none since 1999.

Now, in the span of 24 days, there have been two more -- as well as three scores of 60.

What in the name of titanium drivers and space-age golf balls is going on?

Australian Stuart Appleby on Sunday became the fifth player to shoot 59, making nine birdies and an eagle on the par-70 Old White course at the Greenbrier Resort to capture the first-year Greenbrier Classic by a stroke over Jeff Overton.

Stuart Appleby understands the scrutiny that might come with shooting a 59 on a par-70 course.

The Australian won the Greenbrier Classic on Sunday and became the fifth PGA Tour player to hit golf's magic number. His milestone came less than a month after Paul Goydos had a 59 at the John Deere Classic.

Appleby was the first to reach 59 on a par-70 course; Goydos' course was par 71. The three other 59s were on par 72s: Al Geiberger at the 1977 Memphis Classic, Chip Beck at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational and David Duval at the 1999 Bob Hope Classic.

Stuart Appleby hit golf's magic number Sunday, shooting 59 to win the Greenbrier Classic.

Appleby's 11-under round put him at 22 under, giving him a one-stroke victory to end a four-year winless drought. Third-round leader Jeff Overton (67) narrowly missed a long birdie try on the par-3 18th that would have forced a playoff.

Appleby had nine birdies and an eagle in his round on the Old White course.