Oberholser shoots record 60

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

Aaron Oberholser shot a 10-under 60 at the Byron Nelson Championship on Friday.

Oberholser shoots record 60

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Aaron Oberholser shot a 10-under 60 at the Byron Nelson Championship on Friday.He missed a chance to become fourth player on the US PGA Tour to shoot a 59.His 15-foot birdie attempt on 18th curled and settled about a foot right of the cup."I read it high and I think I pushed it a little bit. ... I didn't hit my line exactly," Oberholser said. "A 60 is not bad".Close shaveAfter an opening 74, Oberholser moved within four streaks of co-leaders Adam Scott and Brett Wetterich, both at 10-under 130 through two rounds. Joe Ogilvie and Omar Uresti, both from Austin and in the same group, were tied for third at 133. Oberholser was with Phil Tataurangi and first-round co-leader Steve Lowery at 134.Scott remained in the lead with his second straight 65, a bogey-free round at the easier Cottonwood Valley course, where Oberholser played his record round.Sam Snead shot a 60 in 1957 when the event was called the Dallas Open. The previous Nelson record was 61, held by Woods (1999), Ernie Els (1995) and three others.Catching the edgeWetterich played without a bogey on the TPC at Las Colinas - where all the weekend rounds are played. He closed with a 64 after a 13-foot birdie on the closing hole caught the edge of the cup.It wrapped around while Wetterich leaned his body and waved his club."I had a few other putts that were close like that," Wetterich said. "So it was nice to see that one go in".Special roundOberholser never gave himself a chance on his birdie attempt at the 18th hole across the street. Still, it was a special round.After getting even for the tournament with a four-under 30 on the front nine, Oberholser made four straight birdies after making the turn. It was during that stretch that he thought about the possibility of a 59, a mark reached only by Al Geiberger, Chip Beck and David Duval, who had the last one in 1999."If it doesn't come across your mind, you're a robot, a programmed robot," he said. "And I don't think there's anybody like that out there, not even Tiger".Oberholser chipped to less than two feet on the 539-yard, par-five 16th hole, then made a 25-foot putt at the par-three 17th. He was 10 under for the round with one hole left, and standing on the No 18 tee box with a three-wood in his hand."I hit the worst chunk pop-up of my life," he said.However, the ball landed in the middle of the fairway 236 yards from the hole. While walking to the ball, caddie Dave Woosley - who was on the bag for Beck's 59 at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational - broke the tension a bit by asking Oberholser about his girlfriend.Oberholser then hit a three-iron onto the green."Walking to the green, I had a smile from ear to ear. It's just so cool. It's the best nervous you can be because it's exciting," Oberholser said. Missing the cutJim Furyk, ranked fifth in the world after winning the Wachovia Championship last week, missed the cut at three-over 143.Vijay Singh, the highest-ranked player in the field with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen all skipping this year, is at three-under 137. There were 80 players who made the cut at 141, including defending champ Ted Purdy (139). (AP)



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