PGA Tour rookie Hayden Springer scores 59 points with dramatic finish in Round 1 at John Deere

Hayden Springer shot dead the 14th under 60 points in the history of the PGA Tour in the opening round of the John Deere Classic on Thursday.

Springer holed out from 55 yards for eagle on the par 5 17thth and then made a 12-foot, 8-inch birdie putt on the final hole to finish at 12-under 59 at TPC Deere Run.

“I feel good. Somehow, I don't know, I'm at a loss for words to say I did it,” said Springer, who had never played worse than 61 in practice, after his round. “I think that's one of the rare things in golf, so it's a pretty special feeling to have this opportunity and to pull it off.”

It is the second 59 in three weeks on tour as Cameron Young shot this number in the third round of the Travelers Championship. It is also the second 59 in tournament history; Paul Goydos first achieved this in 2010.

Neither Young (T-9) nor Goydos (second) were able to win their respective events. Springer leads by two strokes ahead of fellow tour newcomer Sami Valimaki (61).

Jim Furyk holds the Tour record with a 58 in the final round of the 2016 Travelers. Furyk is also one of 13 players to shoot a 59. He has not won either event. Only five times has a player on Tour broken 60 and won, most recently by Brandt Snedeker at the 2018 Wyndham Championship.

Carried by the memory of his deceased daughterSpringer first earned his tour card at Q-School in December and entered this week in Silvis, Illinois, ranked 127th on the FedExCup points list, having just ended a streak of six missed cuts.

Frustrated by his lack of success, Springer said he reunited with his childhood coach, Rosey Bartlett, director of training at the Trophy Club (Texas).

“She's been coaching me since I was six years old,” Springer said. “So I took a little break from her for a couple of years and then just in the last — before last week, the last six tournaments, when I was missing the cuts, I felt like I needed to get something going, so she was able to help me.”

Immediately. Springer finished 10th at the Rocket Mortgage Classic last week. And now this.

Springer: Setting tournament record “pretty special”

Hayden Springer reacts to his impressive first-round score of 59 at the 2024 John Deere Classic, which set the tournament record and was the lowest round on the PGA Tour this season.

Springer's score on Thursday at favored lies began with a 13-foot eagle putt on the par-5 second, followed by four consecutive birdies. He added two more birdies on holes 8 and 9 to reach 9-under 27.

After five pars in a row at the beginning of the back nine holes, Springer managed a birdie on the 15th hole before his dramatic finish.

“It's something special,” he said. “It feels good to stand here and have played a good round of golf.”

“Tomorrow is a new day. I don't know what's going to happen. Just try to do exactly the same thing I do practically every day and go through the same routine, the same process, and go from there.”