3. Ryo Ishikawa Shoots 58 in Japan Tour Tournament
The 18-year-old Ishikawa had 12 birdies and no bogeys in the final round of The Crowns tournament in Togo, Japan. He had a 15-foot birdie try on the final hole for a 57, but just missed.
Not surprisingly, Ishikawa surged to victory. A round of 58 will do that for a golfer. He started the final round six strokes behind Shigeki Maruyama, who himself has recorded a competitive 58. Maruyama's 58 happened in a U.S. Open sectional qualifier in 2000.
The previous Japan Tour 18-hole scoring record was a 59 carded by Masahiro Kuramoto in 2003. A 58 has been recorded on the Canadian Tour, by Jason Bohn. On the major tours, however, 59 is the lowest anyone had gone before.
Ishikawa's 58 was recorded at Nagoya Golf Club, which was playing 6,545 yards. It was his seventh win on the Japan Tour.