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Thanks to readers Ian and Mark for the stories on Jamie Kureluk's jaw-dropping back nine 25--and 12-under on his last 10--in yesterday's opening round of the RBC Insurance Alberta Open.

Lorne Rubenstein writes:

Twenty-five on the back nine. Is your head spinning yet? Kureluk, a pro at the Cottonwood Golf and Country Club in Calgary, shot 25 to shoot 61. He was two-over-par after four holes and 12-under for his last 10 holes. He was 11-under on the back nine alone. His back nine is by all accounts a competitive record.

Robert Thompson posts the online version of the card.

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Reader Comments (22)

Thanks primarily to the ball (and to the USGA, and the R&A) golf is no longer golf. For the politically correct, and the humble, this is only my opinion but I'm right.
05.26.2010 | Unregistered Commenterjb
jb, I hear you, but god almighty, a 25 is a 25! The ball doesn't roll itself into the hole; the man made 9 putts of consequence on the back 9.

I only wish he had shot 25 on his first 9; I'd like to see him play the second 9 under that pressure.
That is pretty much a "perfect" nine holes. Every green in regulation and both par fives in two, and every putt. Absent some "luck" like holing a shot from the fairway, I don't think it gets any better.
05.26.2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
05.26.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Blabbie
Obvously the ball was the dominating factor. He should fire his caddy for allowing him to play with the wrong ball for the first 8 holes.
05.26.2010 | Unregistered Commenterellert
Wow! Tell me they were not playing lift, clean, and cheat. Hogan said it was possible to birdie every hole. Kim Jong-il does it all the time.
The O, let's not assume too much; perhaps he drove the green on a par 4, then two-putted for birdie.
Yes that little ball it has radar to find hole, are you serious? Some guy one putts a bunch of greens and we blame the ball! Nice I also like to blame my neighbor for my drinking problem!
05.26.2010 | Unregistered CommenterVwgolfer
Its all Tigers fault.
05.26.2010 | Unregistered Commenterchico
Big deal...I hit at least a 25 every single time I play!!! :)
05.26.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMRP
Well done Jamie Kureluk!
05.26.2010 | Unregistered Commentermel
Actually, it looks like he didn't eagle the shortest of the par 5s. There are three. That said the 4's and 3's are all a decent length on the card. A legitimately amazijng feat.
05.26.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeithT
I haven't done that, even in my dreams. I think I'd be satisfied if I could play a back nine like that, in my dreams. Just one dream would even be good enough.

I'm not even so sure that I'd like to do it for real, because I think I'd soil my pants walking off 18.
05.26.2010 | Unregistered CommenterChuck
The O, looks like he 2-putted #12 ;-)
05.26.2010 | Unregistered CommenterGolden Tee

Yeah, I thought of that, but the shortest par 4 on the back is 400yards. Doubtful. The 501 yard par 5 is a bit of a joke though. But, even still...
05.26.2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
05.26.2010 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
I've played that course a number of times and it's legit. The par 5's are a little weak, but you still have to hit a well placed drive to get home in two. The par 4's and 3's are all solid. The easiest hole on the course he 4-putted for double. Anyway you look at it, an amasing 10 hole stretch, especially in competetion!
05.26.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrad
Congrats to Jamie Kureluk though I'm sure somebody here will slam it for some reason. Wonder if he was wearing a Titleist hat.

Corey Pavin shot 26 (PGA Tour record for 9 holes) at Brown Deer Park in 2006 in his last win on tour during the first round.
05.26.2010 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
+2 after 8 and then hell bent for leather coming home.
That is the wackiest scorecard I've ever seen.
05.26.2010 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
I can't believe there is a debate here about how easy the course might have wasn't a par 3 course. It was a professional tournament so they were playing the pro tees, it was 25 on 9 holes. It's seems pretty negative and cynical to belittle Jamie's achievement.

I'm going to go with a simple... "GOOD GOD! A 25 OVER 9 HOLES!"
05.26.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark
I live in Calgary. I have played in the Alberta Open at Carmoney a couple of times. Yesterday was not the most beautiful of days weather wise. Jamie's 25 is absolutely amazing. Carmoney is a good golf course. The back nine has some very good holes. Way to go Jamie.
05.26.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrad
well done Jamie. doesn't matter how easy or difficult the course is... you still have to get the ball in the hole. word is jamie putts slightly better than brother Dave (who maybe had the ball striking edge...)
05.26.2010 | Unregistered Commenterphll

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