Stuart Appleby hit the magic 59 to win the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs with a tournament score of 22 under par. Appleby’s 11-under round gave him the victory to end a four year winless drought.
The round of 59 was only the fifth in the history of the PGA Tour and Appleby will pen his name in the history books as the first non American to shoot this low on a tour event. Previous 59s have been carded by Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval and Paul Goydos.
Appleby’s final round was also a course record, breaking the previous 60 round accomplished by Sam Snead in 1950 and earns him a crisp $1.08 million pay check and an exemption into the PGA Championship later this month and next year’s PGA Championship.
Overton had a final round of 67 to just miss out on his maiden title by one stroke, the American missed a nerve raking birdie putt on the 18th to hand Appleby the title and prevent a playoff hole.
“Whew,” said Appleby from the driving range where he stood as Overton missed his birdie putt. “I can wipe my brow now.”
Appleby birdied the second and proceeded to hit four birdies on the trot between 4th and 7th before finished the front nine with another birdie. The Australian kept strong on the back nine starting with an eagle on the 12th and a birdie on the 16th left him sharing the lead. Two brilliant 10 foot birdie putts on the 17th and 18th secured Appleby’s first victory since the Houston Open in 2006.
Greenbrier Final Standings
-22 S Appleby (Australia)
-21 J Overton (United States)
-17 B de Jonge (Zim)
-15 D A Points (United States)
-15 W Austin (United States)
-15 P Stankowski (United States)
-15 R Tambellini (United States)
-15 J Walker (United States)