Joaquin Niemann was unaware of how well he was playing on Friday until supporters on the 18th hole, his second to last, began yelling for a score of 58.
Niemann quickly realized that completing the math in his head was a bad idea, but he knew he was on the edge of something great.
"But man, I played amazing golf," said the Chilean golfer, who scored 59 on the Mayakoba Resort's El Camaleon Golf Course to kick off the LIV Golf League season Friday.
"Whenever I was hitting the ball, sometimes I was getting good lies, good bounces into the fairways,
, good numbers, so everything came out pretty good during the whole day."
Niemann and Bryson DeChambeau, who shot 58 in the final round of the Greenbrier last August, are the only players to break 60 in a LIV Golf event.
Niemann's 12-under-par score on the par-71 course included an eagle and ten birdies, with no bogeys.
He had two opportunities to shoot 58 on the 18th and first holes (his last in the shotgun start), missing a makeable birdie putt on the 18th and hitting a bad approach but still making par on the first.
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