OMAHA, Neb. -- Chip Beck, one of only three golfers to shoot
a 59 on the PGA Tour, joined an even more exclusive club Thursday
when he had a hole-in-one on a par-4 at the Omaha Classic.
Beck aced the 315-yard 9th hole at The Champions Club. The
double eagle on a par-4 was the first on the Nationwide Tour and
only one -- Andrew Magee at the 2001 Phoenix Open -- has been
recorded on the PGA Tour.
''I'll remember this shot forever,'' Beck said. ''I'll be 47
years old in another month and I've played this game for 37 years
and I've never seen anything like it, just read about it.''
Beck, who finished with a 4-under 68, plans to give the golf
ball as a souvenir to his father, Charlie.
''I kept the ball for him,'' Beck said. ''But he won't believe
it unless he sees it for himself on The Golf Channel.''
Beck, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour with over $6 million in
career earnings, shot a 59 in the third round of the 1991 Las Vegas
Invitational. Al Geiberger, at the 1977 Memphis Classic, and David
Duval, at the 1999 Bob Hope Classic, are the only other players to
shoot 59s in a PGA Tour event.
Annika Sorenstam had a 59 on the LPGA Tour in 2001.
Magee's double eagle in the first round at Phoenix was a strange
His drive on the 333-yard 17th at the Tournament Players Club of
Scottsdale caromed off Tom Byrum's putter and went into the hole.
Byrum, playing in the group in front, had been squatting down
looking over a putt when the ball deflected off his putter and
rolled eight feet into the hole.
Despite the one great shot Thursday, Beck finished tied for last with a 1-under 287. Bo Van Pelt finished at 26 under for his first win of the season.