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2012 26 year old Australian professional Rhein Gibson shoots 55 at River Oaks Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma, the lowest score ever recorded for a full length 18 hole course, holing 12 birdies and two eagles to be 16 under on the 6,698 yard par 71. Gibson, who was lying 12th on the minor US Golfweek National Pro Tour money list at the time of his record, was playing in a friendly Saturday morning threeball with Ryan Munson and Eric Fox, and began his round at the 10th with a regulation par 4. After that, he made only three more pars all day, completing his front nine in 26, before adding six birdies in his back nine for 29. His final putt was a downhill, right-to-left, 8 footer, which fell in dead centre.
(Scorecard image by Ryan Munson; Gibson image by AJ Schultz)
2012 Carlos del Moral sets a new European Tour record by taking only 20 putts in a round of 63 during the third round of the Medeira Islands Open. He made nine one-putts on his back nine, the last three of them for birdies. For the record, del Moral actually used the putter 22 times, but two of them were from off the green so do not count as 'putts'.
1970 Andrew Coltart is born in Dumfries, Scotland. He won the Scottish Boys Championship and Scottish Amateur Stroke Play Championship before playing in the Walker Cup in 1991, and then turning pro. He has won twice on the European Tour, and was a member of the 1999 Ryder Cup side which narrowly lost in the so-called 'Battle of Brookline', where he played Tiger Woods in the singles, losing 3&2. He is also the brother-in-law of Lee Westwood and an analyst on Sky Sports.
1970 Jim Furyk is born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, the son of a golf pro who remains his only teacher to this day. A regular winner on the PGA Tour, he claimed the US Open in 2003, and the FedEx Cup in 2010. Furyk has an unconventional swing with a huge loop in the backswing, memorably described by former pro turned commentator David Feherty as resembling "an octopus falling out of a tree".
1970 Mike Weir is born in Sarnia, Ontario and becomes only the second left-hander in history to win the Masters in 2003, when he beats Len Mattiace at the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. He is also the first and only Canadian to have won a major championship. His first sport was hockey, at which he was left-handed, so pursued this when he moved to golf. As a 14 year-old he wrote to Jack Nicklaus asking if he should switch to right-handed, but Nicklaus told him to keep going if it felt natural. Weir is also one of the small group of golfing stars to have his own range of wines.

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