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Kevin Sutherland Shoots Champions Tour Record 59 at Dick's Sporting Goods Open

EDMOND, OK - JULY 10:  Kevin Sutherland hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship at Oak Tree National on July 10, 2014 in Edmond, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIAugust 16, 2014

Kevin Sutherland may be golf's 861st-ranked player, but he sure didn't play that way on Saturday. The one-time PGA Tour winner set a new Champions Tour single-round record with an improbable 59 on Saturday at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, according to PGA.com:

A newcomer to the tour, Sutherland turned 50 years of age in July, and this tournament marks just his third start. Needless to say, it didn't take him long to make a name for himself.

Here's a look at Sutherland's scorecard, via Golf Central:

His 28 on the front nine is simply remarkable, but what's even more interesting is the fact that he took a bogey on the final hole of the day. Golf Digest's Mike O'Malley shared his thoughts on Sutherland's peculiar finish:

Justin Ray of the Golf Channel really put Sutherland's incredible day into perspective with this very telling tweet:

After his round, Sutherland spoke with the Golf Channel about his mentality throughout the round, via PGA Tour:

Golf is an extremely mentally taxing game, especially on the professional level, and allowing his mind to wander so early in the round is generally a cause for concern—although, as he mentioned, it all worked out in the end.

Sutherland's brilliant round quickly propelled him to the top of the tournament's leaderboard. After a one-under 71 on Friday and his 13-under finish on Saturday, he's 14 under for the tournament and in great position entering Sunday's final round.

After shooting golf's magic number, Sutherland will certainly be tested by a surging Scott Hoch during the tournament's final round. That's great news for onlookers, as two red-hot golfers paired together on Sunday can produce some exciting results.

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