As of last week, the record single round golf score at a major golf tour event was 59. That mark was shared by Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, and David Duval on the PGA Tour and Annika Sorenstam on the LPGA.
Sunday Ryo Ishikawa shot 58 to win the Japan Tour’s ‘The Crowns’ tournament at the 6,545-yard Nagoya Golf Club. He missed a 15-foot putt on the 18th hole for a 57.
Japan Tour Executive Director Andy Yamanaka noted Ishikawa’s performance was no accident. “That is one of the toughest golf courses in Japan. He went out in 28 (strokes) yesterday. Amazing,” he said.
Ishikawa overcame a six stroke deficit to win the event, passing third-round leader Shigeki Maruyama.
The teenager has already won seven times on the Japan Tour, and as you would expect, has become a huge celebrity in his home country. So huge that Japan Tour Director Yamanaka said Ishikawa has a chance to make more money than any Japanese athlete in history.