Italian Nicolo Ravano shot the second official 59 in the history of the European Challenge Tour on Friday, doing so in the second round of the Fred Olsen Challenge de Espana.
“It is a great, great feeling,” said Ravano.
Ravano shot the 12-under score at Tecina Golf on the Canary Islands. He had a bogey-free round going through 17 holes, but came to the 445-yard par-4 finisher at 10 under on the round and needing an eagle to shoot 59. With a hole out from the fairway with a sand wedge, Ravano made the miracle reality.
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“Walking down 18 nobody clapped so it was a really nice surprise to find that it had gone in the hole," he explained.
“I was afraid that the ball was spinning out of the green and in to the bunker – when I didn’t see it was on the green that’s what I was looking at. There was a ball on the fringe and I thought it was mine. But the caddy of Joseph [Dean] told me ‘it’s in’ and it was a great moment."
The second round score was 10 shots better than his opener, pulling him into a tie for the lead at 14-under 128 with Charlie Ford, who shot matching 64s.
Ravano has been playing most of this season on the European Tour, making just two cuts in 10 starts and finishing no better than T-27 at the South African Open. In fact, Ravano has more rounds in the 80s (4) this year than rounds in the 60s (3).
The 31-year-old Ravano joins Adrien Mork, who also shot 59 in the second round of the 2006 Tikida Hotels Agadir Moroccan Classic, as the only players to shoot a sub-60 round on the European equivalent of the Web.com Tour. Mork shot 74 in the third round but went on to win the tournament anyhow.
"I am hoping I can make it happen again and get it done," Ravano said. "I now have to keep the momentum going over the weekend.”