Thomas enters record business as youngest to score sub-60
Justin Thomas made history by becoming the youngest man to record a sub-60 round on the PGA Tour after carding an 11-under-par 59 on the opening day of the Sony Open in Hawaii.
The 23-year-old American registered two eagles, eight birdies and a solitary bogey in Honolulu, as he became only the seventh man to break 60 on the PGA Tour.
Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval, Paul Goydos, Stuart Appleby and Jim Furyk are the other players to have achieved a below-60 round. Duval had previously been the youngest man to hold the record after managing the feat in 1999, aged 27.
Thomas, who last week emerged victorious in the SBS Tournament of Champions, also in Hawaii, sits three shots clear of nearest challenger Hudson Swafford, who made nine birdies and a bogey in his 62. Scot Russell Knox carded an opening 64.
Thomas said: “It was a fun day out there, it was the most I’ve ever had it rolling.
“My birdies were all very easy and I just had a lot of good luck and kept leaving it in the right spots.
“I didn’t drive it as well on the back nine but I got down to the magic number and that’s all that matters.”
The world number 12 spectacularly chipped in from a bunker on the 10th hole, his first, as he started and ended the day with eagles.
He said: “I chipped in on 10 on my first hole for eagle. I can’t think of a much better start than that. Once I turned on that front nine everything was coming pretty easy up until then, so it was just trying to ride the momentum and make birdies.”
High five: Justin Thomas celebrates his 59