Spaniard Alejandro Del Rey wrote his name into the golfing history books as he carded the lowest ever round to par on a major tour with a 58 in round two of the Swiss Challenge on the Challenge Tour.
The world number 392 carded eight birdies and three eagles over the par-72 Golf Saint Apollinaire in France in a 14-under effort, two better than the four previous 58s shot on major tours which were all on par-70 courses.
It is the second time a 58 has been fired in 2021 after South Korea’s Kim Seong-hyeon achieved the feat in the final round of May’s Golf Partner Pro-Am Tournament on the Japan Golf Tour.
Starting on the 10th, Del Rey birdied his opening hole before following an eagle on the par-four 11th with another on the par-five 12th.
Back-to-back birdies on the 14th and 15th saw him turn in 29 and he then started the front nine with a hat-trick of gains before adding two more on the fifth and sixth.
Pars on the seventh and eighth looked like they may have taken away the 23-year-old’s shot at history but he eagled the par-five ninth to card the lowest ever round on a major tour in Europe.
Del Rey turned professional in June 2020 after playing college golf in the United States and won on the Alps Tour that September before claiming three top-10 finishes across the European and Challenge Tours in 2021.
“I am a guy who makes a lot of eagles but three in a round, it’s kind of crazy,” he said.
“It was just great golf all around and for a round like that you need a couple of good bounces which I got today.
“I definitely managed to drop some putts out there but I think the key was that my driving was just great today, I hit every fairway super deep and every hole I managed to hit wedges in and managed to hit some chips, it was just a great all-round golf performance.
“Tomorrow is a whole new day and that’s golf. I shot a 74 yesterday which is kind of crazy, so it’s just another round, I’m just going to go out there and shoot as low as possible.”
The Japan Golf Tour witnessed the first 58 on a major tour when Ryo Ishikawa went 12 under in 2010, before it was remarkably shot in back-to-back weeks in 2016 by German Stephan Jager on the Web.com Tour and Jim Furyk on the PGA Tour.