Journeyman Collins shoots 60 in PGA Tour event in Alabama
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[July 22, 2017]
(Reuters) - Journeyman Chad
Collins flirted with golfís magic number before settling for an
11-under-par 60 in the second round at the Barbasol Championship in
Alabama on Friday.
Collins reeled off six consecutive birdies from the 11th hole, and
walked to the 17th tee needing one more to record only the 10th
sub-60 round on the PGA Tour.
He almost made a hole-in-one at the 200-yard par-three 17th, his
ball landing in front of the pin and grazing the edge of the cup as
it rolled past, before trickling 12 feet beyond.
But he missed a 12-foot birdie putt and then drove into rough at the
par-four 18th at the Robert Trent Jones Trail Grand National course
in Opelika and could not get his approach anywhere near the hole.
"It was an awesome day,Ē Collins told PGATour.com after posting a
15-under 127 total for a four-stroke halfway lead over fellow
Americans Grayson Murray and Cameron Tringale.
"I gave (shooting 59) a run. Iím not too disappointed at all about
"Youíve got to make a lot of putts to shoot rounds like that. Youíve
got to hit it well too and I did both of those. Itís a nice breath
of fresh air ...to be in this situation come the weekend.Ē
Collins, 38, is making the 180th start of his PGA
Tour career, with a third place his best finish. Coming off 11
missed cuts in his past 12 starts, he seemed an unlikely candidate
to shoot 60.
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Chad Collins on the 16th fairway during the first round of The
Greenbrier Classic golf tournament at The Old White TPC. Mandatory
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"Itís been a struggle this year up until this point but to see
myself in this situation is nice and Iím really looking forward to
the weekend,Ē he said.
ďIíve gained a little bit of confidence ball-striking wise and Iíve
gained in confidence with the putter...
ďItís a grind with the heat and a tough course if youíre not
striking the ball well. Youíve just got to hang in there and plug
Jim Furyk has the lowest ever score on tour, a 58, and there have
been eight rounds of 59.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; editing by John
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