Golf News: World No. 392 scores the first ’58 round’ in Challenge Tour history, with three eagles and eight birdies in his second round; Del Rey’s total is thought to be the lowest ever – in relation to par – on any major golf tour.
On day two of the Challenge Tour’s Swiss Challenge, Alejandro del Rey shattered the golfing record books with a spectacular ’58 round.’
The Spaniard carded three eagles and eight birdies on his way to a 14-under 58 on the par-72 circuit at Golf Saint Apollinaire, vaulting him from outside the cut line to a Challenge Tour title contender.
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The ’58 round’ is the lowest in Challenge Tour history, shattering the previous record of 59 set by Adrien Mork at the 2006 Moroccan Classic and Nicol Ravano at the 2016 Challenge de Espana, and it is the lowest round ever recorded on a major men’s professional golf tour.
Del Rey began the day 13 strokes off the lead following a 74 in the first round and began on the back nine, birdying the par-four 10th and making back-to-back eagles over the next two holes.
Del Rey carded consecutive birdies from the 14th to go seven under after just six holes, then made par on his next three holes to reach the turn in 29 before going on a run of five birdies in a six-hole stretch from the first.
The 23-year-old recorded back-to-back pars from the seventh, leaving him needing a final-hole birdie to break 60, only for Del Rey to eagle the par-five ninth and finish 14 under.
Del Rey’s total broke the previous course record, established on the first day, by three strokes, with the round being the lowest ever recorded on one of the European Tour’s three tours.
Jim Furyk had a final-round 58 at the 2016 Travelers Championship, and Stephan Jaeger shot the same number on the Web.com Tour same year, while Ryo Ishikawa and Seong-Hyeon Kim have already shot a ’58 round’ on the Japan Golf Tour.
Del Rey’s prior ’58 rounds’ were all at par-70 courses, making his score the lowest round in respect to par in professional men’s golf history. David Carey of Ireland had previously carded a round of 57 on the Alps Tour, however, that was on a par-68 layout.
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