Drew Nesbitt shot the first sub-60 round in PGA Tour Latinoamerica history in the second round of the 65th JHSF Brazil Open on Saturday, turning in the second 59 of the week in global professional golf.
The Canadian turned in one of the more memorable cards for a sub-60 round in pro golf history, making four eagles, including a hole-in-one, and five birdies with a lone bogey for a 12-under round at Fazenda Boa Vista Golf Club. The record-setting round for the tour followed an opening 79 that left Nesbitt 16 shots in back of the first-round lead.
Starting on the 10th hole, Nesbitt opened the round with an eagle hole out with a wedge, then made his second eagle in as many holes on the back of a great second shot from 215 yards with a 6-iron to the 11th hole.
After a bogey and five consecutive pars, Nesbitt rallied for his third eagle of the round on No. 18, making the turn in 5-under 31.
“I kind of made the turning thinking, We might have a chance,” he said.
The next three holes set up Nesbitt’s 59, with a birdie on the first, a hole-in-one on the second and a birdie on the third. Needing to play 3 under the rest of the way, Nesbitt made three pars in a row. Looking at making at least one more birdie just to get to the weekend, Nesbitt birdied out to close the round and lock up 59.
“My first goal was just to make the cut, and then shooting 59 was incredible,” Nesbitt said after the round.
Through two rounds, the left-handed Nesbitt now sits T-30. This week is an important one for Nesbitt, who sits 99th on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica Order of Merit. Nesbitt’s best finish this season is a T-20 in Guatemala in March.
“I knew I had to eventually shoot a low round just to make the cut,” Nesbitt said. He added, “You can’t really ask for much more than that.”
Nesbitt’s 59 follows Oliver Fisher becoming the first player in European Tour history to shoot an official 59 since that tour was founded in 1972.