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Hayden Springer continues his incredible sub-60 PGA phenomenon at the John Deere Classic

As the golf world continues to try to bridge the current divide between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, an unusual development on the golf course continues to make headlines. Golfer Hayden Springer became the last professional to break the 60-point mark this season when he shot 12-under-par, 59 strokes at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois.

It used to be that breaking 60 happened once a decade, or maybe once every five years at most. But times have changed dramatically. Although there have only been 14 rounds of 59 or better in the history of professional golf – including the European and Asian tours – this year saw eight of them.

Springer took advantage of a red-hot start to give himself a chance at the sub-60 round when he shot a 27 on the front nine holes at the TPC Deere Run course. The golfer slowed down on the back nine holes, but he was able to break through as he holed an eagle on the 17th hole and followed it up with a closing birdie on the 18th.

The final shot was a 12-foot birdie putt that Springer hit brilliantly. It landed right down the middle and allowed Springer to make history. He was overjoyed with his achievement.

“I'm a little lost for words when I think about the fact that I've done this,” Springer said. “I think it's one of the rare things in golf, so it's a very special feeling to have this opportunity and to pull it off.”

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Springer is in good company this year when it comes to shooting a 59. Cameron Young accomplished the feat just three weeks earlier at the Travelers Championship.

There have been eight sub-60 rounds this year, with the lowest round coming from Chile's Cristobal del Solar, who shot a 57 at a Korn Ferry Tour event in Colombia.

Springer was the second player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59 at the John Deere Classic, joining Paul Goydos in 2010.

Conditions were ideal for scoring points in the first round of the John Deere Classic. There was virtually no wind and because it had rained the night before, players were allowed to pick up and clean their golf balls before their next shot.

Springer made an eagle on the second hole and then made four birdies in a row, closing the first nine holes with short birdie putts on the final two holes.

After a 15-foot birdie putt, Springer knew he was in his element and had a chance to make a splash on the scoreboard.

“I thought to myself, 'OK, I don't think I'm going to miss today. I'm pretty much holed every putt I see,'” he said. “So that putt that went in was probably the catalyst for me to think, 'OK, we could maybe hit it super deep.'”

Hayden Springer set the tone and heads into the second round of the John Deere Classic with a two-shot lead over Sam Valimaki. Valimaki shot a 10-under-par 61.