It started with an eagle. It ended with one, too. Justin Thomas shot a 11-under 59 in Round 1 of the Sony Open on Thursday to take the lead just four days after winning the Tournament of Champions.
Thomas' 59 is just the seventh in PGA Tour history and the first with multiple eagles. The 23-year-old is also the youngest to break 60. The lowest-recorded score in PGA Tour history is a 58, which has been achieved once.
Thomas went out in 29 (he started on the back) with an eagle hole-out at the 10th, his first on the day). Then it looked as if he might not make it to 59 on the way home. He saved a long par putt at the eighth hole (his 17th of the day) before hitting his tee shot on the final hole into a fairway bunker where it looked like the dream had died. Thomas need to reach the par 5 on his second shot but was in a tough spot in the sand.