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Everyone has a buddy who thinks he's good enough to play golf for a living. He's most likely a single-digit handicapper who's won a couple local tournaments and, on occasion, can shoot under par during the usual weekend game.
In his mind, he has more than enough game to go head-to-head with the best golfers in the world. Sadly, that couldn't be further from the truth. I'd like to introduce you to Rhein Gibson, a mini-tour golfer who, like your buddy, has a goal of making it to the PGA Tour.
But that's pretty much where the comparisons stop. Why? Because the 26-year-old Aussie, who's currently plying his trade on Golfweek's National Pro Tour, managed to fire a 16-under 55 during a recent round with his buddies at River Oaks Golf Club in Oklahoma.
Yep, 16-under in one round. Honestly, I don't know what to say. As CBS's Eye on Golf blog pointed out, it could be the lowest recorded round in golf history. At first glance, the scorecard, which was posted on Reddit's golf forum, almost looks too good to be true.
The bogey-free round included 12 birdies and two eagles, which, you know, is pretty damn impressive. I'm not sure what's more amazing; the fact that Gibson managed to go 10-under over an eight-hole stretch, or that he carded the 55 with consecutive pars.
To make things even more interesting, Gibson was using a new club for the first time: a Cleveland Classic 290 driver. I'm going to guess that stick won't be going out of the bag anytime soon.
In an article on GolfPigeon.com, the Aussie admitted after the round that he wasn't even nervous going down the stretch.
"I had this song playing in my head,"Gibson said. "It is that new one from the Eli Young Band. It was in there all day."
Hey, whatever works!
Gibson might not be PGA Tour-ready just yet, but based on his game, and his ability to go insanely low, chances are pretty good we might see him playing on golf's biggest stage in the near future.
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