Stuart Appleby Makes History With A 59 and Wins The Greenbrier Classic
It's the 10th hole right now, real time Sunday at the Greenbrier Classic.
Stuart Appleby is eight under through 12 holes to grab a share of the current lead, but Overton has played the back nine this week at 13 shots below par.
Six players are still very much in this, although Overton is one of my fantasy picks this week. I have picked him to win a PGA Tour Event very soon, and it looks like today.
Appleby has another birdie attempt at 13.
Overton has hit a spectacular wedge shot to two feet for birdie also.
Jeff Overton is driving the ball about 310, long and straight, and the game is easier from the middle of the fairway.
Brendon De Jonge is at minus 16, only three shots behind, and also a player I have slated to win on Tour soon.
The leader board at 4:13 pm EST reads as follows, Stuart Appleby -19 Jeff Overton -19 Brendon De Jonge -16 Jimmy Walker -16 Jonathan Byrd -15
Jeff Overton has just birdied the 11th hole to reach -20, and regain the lead.
Appleby is hotter than an August day in South Florida as he has a chance to go very low today with this hot start.
D.A Points just hit his drive on 11 about 420 yards,. It hit the cart path and rolled down the center with the gallery walking along right behind the ball waiting for it to stop, which took a while.
That was just weird, as Points goes left two fairways in a row.
Jeff Overton will jump into second place in the Fed-Ex Cup Point Standings with a win today.
Right now, he has the highest point total for a non winner on the PGA Tour.
meanwhile Appleby has yet another birdie putt, as thoughts of 59-60 dance through his head. This one he misses just on the lip, and spins away, teasing the hole and the player.
Overton has a tough par putt to keep the lead, as his birdie attempt races down hill three feet away from the cup. He makes the comeback putt to keep a one shot lead.
Points makes a birdie and stays in the hunt at -16 currently.
J.B. Holmes and Points really lit it up yesterday with scores of 60 for Holmes and the 61 to Points.
Our leader,Jeff Overton trys for birdie on 13, and just comes up a bit short. He taps in for an easy par. Safely in and on to 14.
The CBS Announcer just echoed my thoughst today, as he says Overton will win soon, if not today.
As we both sit back with our smugness, Overton blasts a tee shot way right, almost out of bounds on 14 with a swing right out of Charles Barkley's bag.
Speaking of Charles, it nice he is relearning to play as a lefty without that stoppage in his swing. Using the other half of his brain seems to be working out well for Sir Charles.
As we rejoin the action, let's see if Overton can scramble on 14 for par.
Charles Howell III is at minus 15 with one hole to play with a very rare feat to pull off with a par.
Howell has no bogeys now for 71 holes in a row. One par and he plays the entire tournament bogey free. That's amazing and rarely happens.
Overton lags from 70 feet to within two feet for par and manages to survive a horrible tee shot.
Appleby birdies 16 to tie the lead once more, as you never know who's going to jump up and bite you in the rear on the PGA Tour as Appleby can shoot a 59 with a birdie,birdie finish.
Appleby is in the fairway bunker from his tee shot on 17, and Overton walks up the 15th fairway tied, and nervous as a pack of goats, with a coyote outside the fence.
Brendon De Jonge birdes with a long putt to reach -17 with three holes left.
Charles Howell matches a 72 holes bogey free event with Bubba Watson in 2006.
Jeff Overton just misses his putt, and safely pars 15.
Appleby has a nice 100 yard shot to make a birdie attempt at 17, and he does get it to seven feet for birdie.
Appleby makes the putt as the crowd shouts out gleefully. Overton is hearing this all as Overton nails his second shot to four feet to have a chance to tie Appleby once again.
Appleby now nails his shot at the par three 18 for a birdie putt and a 59 final round.
Overton keeps his tee shot in the fairway, but a bit short as he seems to be fighting his rhythm a bit, with the top and bottom half of his swing.
He must stay positive, and slow down his pace as everything seems to be quickening in the last few holes.
The crowd yells appreciatively as Appleby walks up the path at 18. No emotion from Appleby as he has not won since 2006 and could have a big big day, besides the 59.
Currently he is ranked 153 in the world. Now a putt for 59. Welcome back Stuart.
Right in the heart for the fifth 59 in PGA Tournament history.
Overton waited a long time for his playing companion to get to the green, then calmly hammers in a birdie to reach -21.
Appleby is at -22 and in the clubhouse with that crazy historical round of 59.
Overton has a par five and a par three to play, so a playoff is looming here, unless Overton can finish birdie, birdie just like Appleby.
I guess Al Geiberger can still sign autographs as " The Original Mr. 59", as four other guys can claim that title as well now.
Overton now hits his second shot and has found the green in two on the par five.
Fifty feet for eagle now for Overton, and just the birdie will tie the lead once more.
This is PGA history today, plus fantastic Sunday action by great professional players that the PGA Tour provides on a week to week basis.
Overton has four feet to tie the tournament, as his nerves jangle on the edge of hell.
His putt lips out, as he leaned down to pick it up even. The ball hit a spike mark and just jumped around the lip.
That was just crushing to Overton, who had the win in his sights, but now will be second. One spike mark cost Overton about 600,00 dollars today and an invite to some important events.
His tee shot, predictably is not near the hole, and that the ballgame, as Staurt Appleby wins for the first time in four years.
Have a great week, and I'll check out the new Fed-EX Cup Standings in the next article.
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