'Mr. 59'

June 11, 1977

No one could believe it.

Nothing like it had ever happened in 20 years of Memphis’ distinguished history of tournament golf. Nothing like it had ever happened in the history of the PGA. Some prognosticators had said it would never happen.

But as unbelievable as it might sound, Al Geiberger shot a 13-under par 59 yesterday at Colonial Country Club in what is turning into the most dumbfounding Danny Thomas Memphis Classic ever.

A raving, gasping crowd of 22,300 witnessed it.

Pro golfer Al Geiberger celebrates in 1977 after shooting a record 59 to win the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic at Colonial Country Club, now called the Federal Express St. Jude Classic, and held at Southwind. The same year that Geiberger earned the name "Mr. 59" former president Gerald Ford sank a hole-in-one during the tournament's pro-am round.