Scottie Scheffler shoots 59 for only 12th time in PGA history

Scottie Scheffler hits off the 15th tee during the second round of the Northern Trust tournament.
Scottie Scheffler hits off the 15th tee during the second round of the Northern Trust tournament on Friday.
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Scottie Scheffler shot 59 for just the 12th time in PGA Tour history on Friday — by far the quietest magic number ever shot.

There are no spectators at the Northern Trust tournament. There are no scoreboards with each group. Scheffler didn’t notice any cameras until he reached the 17th hole. But he kept pouring in putts, the last from just over 4 feet for a 12-under 59 that gave him a share of the early lead and a place in the record book.

He made 12 birdies, and it was a par that made him think this could be a magical round.

“I actually missed a putt today on 13 for birdie and it kind of clicked,” he said. “I was like, ‘Oh, man, that would have been a nice one to go in’ because I was playing really good at that point. Kind of clicked like, ‘Hey, I have a chance to do something pretty cool today.’”

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He ran off three straight birdies. He made a 6-footer for par on the 17th. And on the par-5 18th, his tee shot hopped out of the rough and into the first cut. From 215 yards, he wisely aimed toward the left section of the green, hit 5-iron just short and had two putts and 85 feet for a 59.

He rolled the long eagle attempt about four feet short, went over to his bag for a swig of water while waiting his turn, and the 24-year-old Texan calmly rolled it in.

Scheffler played with Kevin Streelman and Tony Finau, and only one of them knew what was going on.

“We don’t have the sign bearers, so I brought it up to Tony on 17 green, and he had no idea,” Streelman said. “He thought it was 7 or 8 [under] and I’m like, `’No, he’s like 11 right now.’ That’s the difference. There would definitely have been electricity, fans running in. He still had the pressure to step up there on 18 and make that nice up-and-down, and he played awesome.

“He played perfect golf today.”

Scheffler, a PGA Tour rookie making his FedEx Cup postseason debut, was at 13-under 129. His objective when he started was simply to make as many birdies as he could to make the cut. He finished the day as the 11th player with a sub-60 round — Jim Furyk did it twice — and a share of the early lead with Cameron Davis, who had a 65.