Frazar's 59 won't count as a record since Q-school isn't official PGA Tour event
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- When Harrison Frazar shot 64 in the second round of PGA Tour Q-school, he told anyone who would listen that he didn't play that well.
Going Low, But Not A Record
Harrison Frazar's 59 on Saturday was impressive, but what it wasn't was a record. Even though his score came during PGA Tour Q-school, it wasn't an official event so in turn it isn't an official record. Here's a look at the other memorable 59s in PGA Tour history.
1977: Al Geiberger shot 59 in the second round of the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic at Colonial Country Club. Geiberger's round included 11 birdies, six pars and one eagle. He immediately became known as Mr. 59.
1991: Chip Beck shot 59 in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational at Sunrise Golf Club. He made 13 birdies and five pars, and finished his round with a 3-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole.
1999: David Duval shot 59 in the final round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic on the Palmer Course at PGA West. He capped it off with an eagle at the 18th to win the tournament.
2000 *: David Gossett shot a 59 during PGA Tour Q-school. While it was a great day, it wasn't a great week for Gossett who didn't earn his card for 2001 despite the sub-60 round.
2008 *: In the fourth round of PGA Tour Q-school, Harrison Frazar carded 11 birdies and a eagle to shoot the magical number. He missed a birdie putt on 18 by mere inches that would have given him a 58. See his hole-by-hole scorecard
* -- Do not count in the official PGA Tour record book since it wasn't an official PGA Tour event.
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He made three birdies and an eagle on Nos. 5-8 and made a par on No. 9 to make the turn at 6-under. After a par at No. 10, he started a run of birdies that kept his playing partners and caddies at arm's length, not wanting to say anything that might jinx the run.Frazar drained a 20-footer for birdie on the par-3 17th that brought the string to seven and his total to 13 under. It also got thoughts racing through his head. "If somebody says they don't know how low they are under par, they're lying," Frazar said. "Your heart rate gets up a little bit. It gets a little bit tougher to get a little spit. But I hit my routine, I made good swings, I was thinking well and I feel like the swings I made on the last couple of holes were some of the best swings I've made all week. So that's probably what I'm most proud of." To those with a front-row seat, it seemed as though Frazar's every swing was his best swing of the day. "That was unbelievable," said James Nitties, who held a share of the lead after the event's previous two rounds. "I thought he was going to shoot 56 the way he was hitting it. Every putt was going in the middle of the hole. Awesome round." When Gossett shot 59, it came in the fourth round of Q-school. But Gossett failed to break 70 in any other round that year and did not receive his PGA Tour card. Frazar now has a four-shot lead with two rounds to go and he's 10 shots clear of the top 25 who will earn playing privileges for the 2009 PGA Tour season on Monday. Still, he's not taking anything for granted.
PGA Tour Q-school
1. Frazar (-24)
2. Aldridge (-20)
3. Williamson (-18)
T-4. Glen Day (-17)
T-4. Bryce Molder (-17)
T-4. James Nitties (-17)
T-4. Fathauer (-17)
• Complete scores
Peter Yoon is a contributor to ESPN.com's golf coverage.
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2008 PGA TOUR Q-SCHOOL FINALS
Harrison Frazar rode a magical 59 to become the 2008 Q-school medalist, winning by 8 shots. The "other" magic number? Nineteen under: the score needed to earn a 2009 PGA Tour card.
What: PGA Tour Q-school final stage
When: Dec. 3-8
Courses: PGA West, Nicklaus Tournament Course (par 72, 7,204 yards) and TPC Stadium Course (par 72, 7,266 yards)
Location: La Quinta, Calif.
At stake: Top 25 and ties earn 2009 PGA Tour card.
Field: 163 golfers, 6 rounds, 108 holes
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