Kevin Sutherland was only eight holes into his round Saturday at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open and already thinking about a 59 in Endicott, New York.
"You're not supposed to do that, are you?" he said.
The way this magical round went, nothing was going to stop him. Sutherland became the first player in Champions Tour history to shoot a 59, and it might have been even better except for a three-putt bogey from 40 feet on No. 18.
"Thank God I didn't four-putt," Sutherland said.
Six players have shot 59 on the PGA Tour.
"Honestly, the ovation I got on 18 ... I know Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer are used to that stuff, but to see all those guys behind the green, I couldn't believe it," Sutherland said. "I was nervous when I was putting."
The 13-under 59 gave Sutherland a one-shot lead over Steve Lowery. Sutherland, playing in only his third Champions Tour (50-and-over) event since turning 50 in June, was at 14-under 130.
On Saturday at En-Joie Golf Club, he opened with four birdie putts -- two of them longer than 30 feet -- and hit a hybrid into 6 feet for eagle on the par-5 fifth. He ran off three more birdies, including a bunker shot he holed on No. 7, on the front nine.
"When I was 9 under after eight I was like, 'That goes beyond being a good start,' " Sutherland said. "At that point I started thinking, 'What do you have to do to shoot 59.' I started thinking maybe earlier than you should be, but it worked out all right."
He made a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 11 for his second straight birdie and then settled down for three consecutive pars.
After birdieing No. 15, he drove onto the par-4 16th for a two-putt birdie to reach 13 under and stuffed his approach to tap-in distance on No. 17, leaving him a par away from 58.
"I wasn't nervous all day, but I was nervous on 18," he said. "You don't get that chance very often."
Lowery had nine birdies in his round of 65. John Cook had a 67 and was two shots back.
LPGA: Brittany Lincicome maintained her lead in the LPGA Championship, the tour's fourth major of the season. She began the day at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, New York, with a three-stroke lead over Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson and shot a 1-under 71 for a 10-under 206 total. With one round left, Lincicome was one stroke ahead of Park and Suzann Pettersen. Pettersen had a 67, and Park shot 69. Thompson struggled to a 74 and was at 4 under. Fighting nervousness, Lincicome hadn't held a second-round lead since 2009. "Nervous was probably an understatement. My stomach was in knots," she said.
PGA: NickWatney made a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th for a 5-under 65 and a one-shot lead in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. Watney, a five-time tour winner, had a 14-under 196 total with only one bogey through three trips around Sedgefield Country Club. "I've been trying to keep it pretty simple -- a lot of fairways and greens, and I've been able to do that so far," Watney said. Brad Fritsch was second after a 65.
PGA of America: Cameron Tringale was disqualified from last week's PGA Championship after telling the rules committee that he might have whiffed on a tap-in putt in the final round and thus signed for an incorrect score. He tied for 33rd at Valhalla. Even though the competition is over, Tringale was disqualified under Rule 34-1-iii. He forfeits the $53,000 in earnings.