Lost in all of the LeBron James hoopla yesterday is the fact that the sports world kept on chooglin’ along as talented people kept doing talented things, including golfer Paul Goydos, who set the John Deere classic course on fire with a sizzling round of 59 that put him in the company of golfing legends (and David Duval).
On any other day Goydos would have been showered with praise from a sea of ESPN talking heads but because of LeBron’s stomach churning attention whoring, nobody’s talking about the everyman who had the time of his life in the golfing fields of Illinois. Making his feat even more interesting is the fact that after his round of 59 he was only leading by ONE STROKE, as defending champion Steve Stricker was hot Goydos’ tail after shooting a 60.
Al Geiberger was the first on the PGA Tour to a shoot a 59, back in 1977. Chip Beck did it in 1991, and David Duval matched them in 1999. And now comes … Paul Goydos?
Believe it. The 46-year-old journeyman with only two PGA victories shot a 12-under 59 in a magical opening round yesterday at the John Deere Classic.
“Wow,” Goydos said. “Fifty-nine is a pretty iconic number. I just keep going wow.” But get this: As well as he played – 12 birdies, no bogeys, and just 22 putts – he led by only one stroke. While Goydos was soaking in the adulation of a rare feat and giving interview after interview, defending champion Steve Stricker was shooting a 60. That made for the two lowest scores in a single round at a PGA event. -HometownAnnapolis
The only way I’d ever shoot a 59 is if Bugs Bunny helped me out by using a magnet to suck my ball into the hole like he did for Michael Jordan in Space Jam. It’s refreshing to see a sports story that can’t be tainted by greed and the quest for public attention. This is the story of a guy who’s just trying to go out and shoot well enough to keep his family fed who woke up one morning feeling like the best golfer in the universe. Then he went out and shot like it. Too bad it had to happen on LeBronathon.
Hey, at least Goydos (and us, for that matter) doesn’t have the ego of a fighting bull who’s gored 10 consecutive matadors and isn’t hated by 90% of sports fans around the globe. So we’ve got that going for us. Which is nice.