A RELATIVELY unknown Australian golfer has provisionally shot a world record 16-under-par 55 in the US.
Rhein Gibson, a 26 year old professional from Lismore in New South Wales, was playing at the River Oaks Golf Club in Oklahoma with two friends when he shot what is being reported as the lowest round in the history of the game.
Gibson plays on the lowly ranked Golfweek National Pro Tour where in six events this year he has won just $US16,552 to be 12th on the money list.
His last round on the tour was a 76 on the final day of the Midwest Open in Nebraska this week but the young Aussie does aspire to bigger and better things on the US PGA Tour.
Gibson’s record breaking round was on his “local” course in Oklahoma where he spent his college years at the Oklahoma Christian University.
He started his round on the 6698-yard par-71 course on the back nine and after warming up with a regulation par went eagle, birdie, eagle and then five straight birdies to finish the section 10-under par on 26.
He had to wait 15 minutes at the turn and parred the first two holes before birdying the rest apart from the par 5 sixth, rated the toughest hole on the course.
Gibson was a little nonplussed to say the least and is still working out what went right.
“I just kind of got hot I guess and every putt I hit went in, that’s the best I can explain it to be honest,” he said.
As he faced an eight-foot birdie putt on his final hole Gibson knew history was in the offing but felt calm.
“I wasn’t nervous. I had this song playing in my head. It is that new one from the Eli Young Band. It was in there all day.”
So the actual secret to golf could be a song by a band we have only just heard of today. Typical, we’ll have to investigate further.
[box size=”large”]There was a previous 55 recorded by Homero Blancas, a PGA Tour player of the 1960s, but it was shot on a par-70 course of just 5000 yards. The score was originally accepted by the Guinness Book of World Records but taken out after harder qualifying rules were set. Gibson’s round falls into the record parameters and will be a new world record mark once cleared.[/box]