Going LowOnly one question should have been posed during the mid-summer run of super-low scores: What took so long?
A sky-is-falling hysteria understandably broke out after 59s were posted by Paul Goydos
and Stuart Appleby
in the same four-week span that also included rounds of 60 from J.B. Holmes, Carl Pettersson and Steve Stricker. This followed Ryo Ishikawa's 58
in a Japanese Tour event in May and perhaps most stunning of all, 17-year-old Bobby Wyatt
posting an astonishing 57 on July 28 at the 6,643-yard CC of Mobile in the Alabama state junior championship.
Though relative normalcy returned to scoring at all levels when fall weather set in and greens firmed up, stats reinforced that the epic rounds were nothing more than an impressive outburst that, with today's course conditioning, should happen more often.
-- Geoff Shackelford