Our friends at Golf.com tweeted an interesting tidbit of information regarding two 59s shot during the second round of the European Tour’s Nelson Mandela Championship in South Africa.
TWO players fire unofficial 59s at the water-logged Nelson Mandela Championship http://t.co/ii3PEO45SF
— Golf.com (@si_golf) December 13, 2013
The 59s were shot by Jorge Campillo and Colin Nel. The amazing achievement comes with the downfall of being labeled “unofficial” because the tournament allowed preferred lies due to the wetness of the course. Preferred lies allow a player to lift, clean, and place the ball in closely mown areas because hitting the fairway is no longer an advantage due to the propensity of mud to collect on the ball. The course was also shortened from a par-71 to a par-70 because of the severity of the wet conditions.
First, the scores should be counted as official. You shoot a mind-boggling 59, and I’ll give you credit in my grade book. Second, Colin Nel shot a 77 in the first round, and followed up with a smooth 59. Quite the turnaround!
Campillo is one shot off the lead at 11-under total, and Nel is 8 shots back at four-under total. Daniel Brooks leads at 12-under with seven holes to go in his second round.
Here is a link to the leaderboard. The tournament will be shortened to 54 holes because of all the rain, and a sizable number of players have yet to finish their second round.