Golf’s magic number has lost its mystique.
Once a rarity, the score of 59 has become more commonplace. Meanwhile, 59 “watches” have become routine in professional golf.
The once-unattainable score was just posted on consecutive days — on the PGA Tour by Justin Thomas Thursday in Hawaii and by Champions Tour member Woody Austin Friday at the Diamond Resorts Invitational at the Tranquillo Golf Club at Four Seasons.
Austin followed his opening 59 with a 5-under 66 Saturday.
Based on the Modified Stableford scoring format being used, he still enters Sunday’s final round leading the 31 pros — 27 Champions Tour pros and...