This Week In Golfing History
We take a look at some of the most memorable golfing moments from this week in history.
On this day in 2001, 30-year-old Annika Sorenstam added another significant achievement to what was already a growing list.
The Swedish powerhouse, in the prime of her career, would set or tie all of 30 LPGA records during the 2001 season, but perhaps none were more memorable than the 59 she carded in the final round of the Standard Register Ping at Moon Valley Country Club.
Her round on the 6,459 yard par 72 course contained 13 birdies and no bogeys. Amazingly, she only narrowly missed a 10-footer at the 18th, which would have given her a 58.
Sorenstam won the tournament, but it’s her final-round 59 that ensured this date a place in golfing history. To this day, no other LPGA player has equalled or bettered the score.
“I made such an incredible start, and it was such fun, to put it mildly,” Sorenstam said at the time, allowing herself about as much unbridled joy as any Swede is likely to. “By the end, I started to get very nervous. But now I’m so proud and happy.”
Two notable golfers were born on this day.
English professional Phillip Archer, who is perhaps best known for the 60 he carded in the first round at the Celtic Manor Wales Open in 2006, turns 43. Archer’s 60 is still the joint-lowest round in the history of the European Tour, with no European professional yet managing to card the magical 59.
Australian Aaron Baddeley turns 34. Though he has been overshadowed by the likes of countrymen Adam Scott and Jason Day, Baddeley is no mug with a club in hand. He has nine wins worldwide, including three on the PGA Tour.
On this day in 2001, Irishman Des Dmyth became the oldest winner on the European Tour when he captured the Madeira Islands Open at Santo da Serra aged 48 years and 34 days, surpassing Neil Coles who was 48 years and 12 days when he won the 1982 Sanyo Open.
Smyth’s record stood for a good few years, but has since been broken – three times – by flamboyant Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, who most recently won the Spanish Open aged 50 years and 133 days.
Arjun Atwal turns 41 on this day. Atwal made history by becoming the first Indian to become a PGA Tour member and later win a tournament.
Atwal joined the PGA Tour in 2004 and went on to win the Wyndham Championship in 2010.
Romain Langasque equals course record to lead Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
The Frenchman recovered from an early bogey with two eagles and eight birdies to reach 11 under par.
Rory McIlroy bemoans ‘ugly year’ and seeks solution to divide in golf world
The arrival of Saudi-backed LIV Golf series has fractured the game in 2022.
On this day in 2014 – Europe retain Ryder Cup with Gleneagles victory
The Gleneagles victory was Europe’s eighth win in 10 matches.
‘Is this where I am going to die?’ Nicolas Colsaerts on kidney disorder battle
The Belgian is the focus of attention this week as he belatedly defends the Cazoo Open de France title he won three years ago.
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe team
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Open champion Cameron Smith wins first LIV trophy in just second start
The world number two is the highest-ranked player to join the rebel series.
Robert MacIntyre beats Matt Fitzpatrick in play-off to win Italian Open
MacIntyre birdied the first extra hole at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Matt Fitzpatrick holds narrow lead ahead of final round at Italian Open
Rory McIlroy and Aaron Rai are one shot off the pace.
Rory McIlroy picks up the pace to claim lead ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick in Rome
McIlroy’s group looked unlikely to complete their second rounds after taking three hours to play nine holes.
Matt Fitzpatrick leads way at Italian Open despite ‘inconsistent’ display
The US Open champion held a one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Tom Lewis,