Brown cards rare 59

New Zealand’s Mark Brown carded a rare round of 59 during the second round of the Tauranga Open on Friday.

The 39-year-old started his round from the 11th tee but played his front nine in 29 strokes to turn on nine-under-par for the round.

He then holed a 14-foot birdie putt on his final hole to card the lowest round of his career and claim a three-shot lead at the event.

In all, he fired 10 birdies and a solitary eagle, but could have posted an even better round on the par-70 course had he not bogeyed the 12th.

“I actually lost track. I did a wee tally up on the second-to-last hole and realised I just needed one more birdie,” the former Johnnie Walker Classic winner admitted after the round.

“Luckily the 10th hole is relatively straight-forward.”