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Apr252013

Turns Out Al Geiberger's 59 Was Caught On Tape

In case there were any 59 Truthers out there, it seems In Play with Jimmy Roberts located unseen footage of the last few holes of Al Geiberger's historic 59 in Memphis and showed it to him for the first time in this week's episode.

Adam Schupak with the details:

“A 22-year-old rookie announcer – I’m sorry, but I don’t remember his name now – was sent to the tournament with a cameraman. He was ready to leave the course. He got Gary Player and whoever was there. It was hotter than hell. Well the guy had moved 12 times since then. The last time his wife said, ‘Get rid of those boxes in the attic.’ So he went through them and found one that said ‘Geiberger’ on it. Well, he was a real golf enthusiast. He said, ‘Oh, my goodness. It’s the tape.’ He thought it could be dust by now. He took it to the studio and had it put on a disc.”

The In Play trailer followed by the footage...

And the footage, including the putt for 59.

John Strege reports that Geiberger is auctioning the clubs from his 59 via Green Jacket Auctions.

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Reader Comments (20)

Instant classic! Now, if someone can only dig up a reel of Sarazen's Albatross...
04.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Hard to describe, to those who are not old enough to remember, just how big a deal the 59 was.
Ban those wooden clubs and the wound balls he was playing. Check the grooves on his wedges! And ban AL, he made a mockery of the game! Just kidding obviously!

Great guy who overcame a lot to become a wonderful player, major champion winner, and a tremendous contributor to the game. I can still remember the day we opened the morning paper to read that he had shot 59! Thought it was a misprint!
@NLUTBS&TC: I think we understand! I still find it hard to fathom that he did it on a 7200-yd course with persimmon and balata...
04.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Mr.59 is a super guy.

Hope he is doing well.
04.25.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
Like the fist pump from his playing partner! It looks like Gary Player...was it, and who was the other player? Anyone know? Great to see footage about something that is golf history! A great find.
04.25.2013 | Unregistered Commentertrysil
Not sure if any of you have played the course he did it on, but I did about 5 years ago. I was at the time about an 8 or 9 handicap and I shot 91 from the tips.
Needless to say I was amazed that someone could shoot a 59 on that course, it was difficult.
04.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChicago John
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How great to see this footage. Dave Stockton and Jerry McGee were in Geiberger's group that day. McGee in the bucket hat, looking toward Geiberger as he sank the putt to go 13 under.
04.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBill Fields
@Bill Fields,

Cheers for the info re Stockton and McGee.

Al G's 59 was just a couple of years before I got into golf as a kid. It was a magical story I read about many times. Fascinating to see this footage unearthed!
04.25.2013 | Unregistered Commentertrysil
Wow this is amazing---can't wait to tell my dad about it
04.25.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjeff
Geiberger was playing with Dave Stockton and Jerry Magee. In the video Geiberger is amusing about Stockton being 18 shots worse. He also talks about Jerry Magee's putt on the 18th. Jerry Magee now owns and operates Coral Creek, a minimalist course in the country somewhere in the Niagara peninsula, a must-play destination for traditionalists and lovers of real golf.
04.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim Dunlop
Here's a nugget for you trivia buffs - McGee is also father-in-law to Mrs. 59, Annika Sörenstam.
04.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Hawkeye---''@NLUTBS&TC''--- looks like one of my typos! I was blown away by your trivia about Annika and he FIL-- I seriously doubt if he was present when she did it; I don't think thy were married yet, but hey, maybe they were dating, or maybe he was just there as a fan.

Now would that be something to have witness 2 of the greatest rounds in the history of golf!

I saw (what there was) of Annika's 59, and that final putt going in was just great- such an amazing achievement. To hold one's emotions in check, plus the actual mental and physical act!

AQs to Al's feat --from what I keep reading/hearing, the amazing thing to me was he did in in the heat and humidity- hell, it's hard to even want to play around here when it's like that....as a matter of fact, if we cant' get done by 10-11 in the AM, we don't even start till 5 in the PM....not a problem where you are chillin'.
04.25.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
One little footnote, I believe they were playing lift, clean, and place in Memphis the day AG fired that 59.
Yes, Pro, they were doing just that based on what I remember. It could be that Duval's was the only 59 when the big boys were playing it down, i.e., playing golf? Anyone know?
04.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Imagine if Tiger shot 59 with LC&P ?

The horror!
04.25.2013 | Unregistered Commenterhipaucrit
@Pro from Dover: Yes, they were, but Geiberger is on record to only have improved his lie on one shot - the 30yd pitch he holed for eagle on the first hole (his tenth). While an asterisk is due, it shouldn't take away too much from an extraordinary performance.

@KLG: Duval, Chip Beck (1991 Las Vegas) and Stuart Appleby (2010 Greenbrier) all played the ball down.
04.26.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Hawkeye - already forgot about Mr. Sunshine's 59? Goydos played the ball down as well.
04.26.2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Rep Monster
Oh yes I had! Thanks for reminding me!
04.26.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
I meant to tak nothing away from Al's score. He was a silky smooth player - as smooth as peanut buttner & jelly sandwich! Overcame a lot of personal issues as well. Tip o' the cap to the "original" Mr. 59!
04.26.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheProfromDover

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