Maruyama shoots 58!!!

Shigeki Maruyama shoots a 58 in the US Open Qualifying Round but the record will not stand...

Golfmagic Newswire
Tue, 6 Jun 2000

Maruyama shoots 58!!!

He was always known as a man who smiled his way around the course, even in times of trouble, but now Shigeki Maruyama of Japan will always be smiling, safe in the knowledge that he shot the lowest round of golf in history, a magical 58 in the US Open Qualifying Rounds.

Amazingly, the score will not be because it happened in a qualifying round. So the magical 59 still stands as the best ever shot by a golfer on tour anywhere.

Maruyama, noted for his five wins at the1998 Presidents Cup for the Rest of the World team, fired 11 birdies and an eagle at Woodmont Country Club in California and broke the already fantastic course record of 60 by a further two shots!

He slam dunked a wedge from 96 yards for eagle on the ninth, reached the par-5 18th in two from 250 yards away and coolly two-putted for birdie and a mere 58 shots! A tale of two halves Ron..two halves of 29 to be exact!…"Handicap Secretary" Where are you?!!!

Speaking through an interpreter, Shigeki the smiler said of his round:
“Most of my shots were perfect this morning, “I wanted to make a good score, and I thought I had to play well on the easier course because rain is coming.”

Five players, David Duval, Chip Beck, Al Geiberger, Doug Dunakey and Notah Begay have recorded a 59 but the Japanese smiling machine has raised the bar by lowering the score.