No one in the history of the European Tour has shot a round of 59. On Sunday at the 2018 Scottish Open, lowely ranked South Aftican Brandon Stone had a chance on his final round to do just that. With a putt from just 7 feet, the record books were in the waiting for Stone. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. Shooting a masterfull -10 round of 60 on day 4, Stone went on to WIN the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open and secure his spot in next weeks Open Championship.
The 25 year old became the 18th player to shoot 60 on the European Tour – Darren Clarke has done it twice – and the fourth to do so on a Sunday on their way to lifting the trophy.
He carded eight birdies and an eagle in his first 16 holes at Gullane and needed to play the last two in one under par to break the magical 60 barrier. A clubhouse target of 20 under par never looked like being matched as Stone recorded his third European Tour title, and also claimed one of three places in the field at next week's Open Championship.
His -20 under 260 total left hime four shots clear of Eddie Pepperell and five shots clear of a group tied for third. Other noteables in the field were;
Rickie Fowler (USA) - T6 -14
Justin Rose (UK) - T9 - 13
Phil Mickelson (USA) - MC -1
“It's incredible,” Stone said. “If I'm going to be brutally honest, I had no idea what my score was until I walked on to the 18th green.
Stone putted phenominally all week. “It was just one of those days where everything went well, hit it great, holed some beautiful putts, and obviously to walk away with 60 having missed an eight-footer was a slight disappointment, but I won't really complain. My caddie came up to me and said, you don't get putts like this too often, so I let him read it. I said as we walked on the green, I'm not reading this one. This is completely up to you. I rolled it over his mark, but he did criticize my pace, he said it lacked a little bit of pace. So he probably is right. Didn't hold its line, but we'll take it." Stone said of his putt for -11 59.
“The putt on 16 is pretty much where you could say the tournament was won for me. I felt great. I knew I just needed to make three more good swings, and when that thing went home, the emotions came flooding in. I had to really struggle to keep it in. Hopefully I can find accommodation (for the Open)!” stated Stone as he carded his entry to next weeks Open Championships.
Stone was ranked 371 in the world and had missed four of this last seven worldwide cuts without finishing better then top 60. It was a phenominal achievement and just goes to show the depth of talen out on the multiple world tours.