Pro shoots 59 during first round of Korn Ferry Tour event!

A Korn Ferry Tour pro can now check shooting 59 in a professional event off his bucket list.

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Fri, 9 Jun 2023
Pro shoots 59 during first round of Korn Ferry Tour event!

A pro on the Korn Ferry Tour can check off an incredible golf feat after the opening round of the BMW Charity Pro-Am on Thursday.

The Korn Ferry Tour is the direct feeder circuit to the PGA Tour, with 30 players at the end of the regular season in 2023 set to earn PGA Tour cards for 2024.

This week, the tour is in South Carolina for the BMW Charity Pro-Am. The tournament is being played at both Thornblade Club and Carolina Country Club.

Michael Feagles, 25, is in just his second season on the Korn Ferry Tour after turning professional in 2021 following a collegiate career at the University of Illinois.

Last year, Feagles finished 86th on the season-long Korn Ferry Tour points list.

But after the first round of the BMW Chairty Pro-Am, he could find himself in a way better position mid-way through 2023.

On Thursday, Feagles shot a 12-under par 59 for just the ninth sub-60 round in Korn Ferry Tour history.

He ended his opening round with five straight birdies to accomplish one of golf's most difficult feats.

"It was pretty surreal for me because I wasn't really ever thinking about it out there. I had an eagle putt on 5 that would have gotten me to 9 under and I missed, and I basically just dropped the 59 thought," Feagles, who started on the back nine, told reporters after his round.

"It was just, oh, play good coming in. And then hit it to like a foot on 6, two feet on 7 and then I'm like, OK, well, if I can birdie the last two, I can do it, and did. But honestly, like until the actual ball went in the hole, I was like I don't think this is going to happen, like there's no way this happens, right? People don't just shoot 59. And it did, yeah. Feeling great, feel great."

Feagles had 12 birdies over 18 holes in his bogey-free round on Thursday.

Shockingly, however, Feagles' 59 wasn't the first this season. In mid-April, Mac Meissner accomplished it himself during the second round of the LECOM Suncoast Classic.

It's just the third time that multiple sub-60 rounds have been recorded during a single Korn Ferry Tour season.

With the 59, Feagles also held a two-stroke lead after 18 holes Thursday. 

As for Friday's round, he said he's going to try to "forget" Thursday's excellence.

"I'm just going to try to, essentially when I wake up tomorrow, just try to kind of forget about this," Feagles said. "I know how hard it is to back up a round like that, so I'm just going to go do the best I can, play as solidly as I can and hopefully keep doing somewhat of what I was doing today."

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