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LOWEST WOMEN’S RECORD he best competitive women’s score ever shot in Northern California belongs to Anna Acker-Macosko, who shot an 11-under 60 at The Ridge during the fi nal round of the LPGA’s 2004 Longs Drug Chal-


lenge. Acker-Macosko began the day just 2-under through three rounds when she caught fi re; she actually had a look at 59 with a 30-foot birdie putt on the fi nal hole. Acker-Macosko’s 60 is still the lowest fi nal round ever shot on the LPGA Tour, and it vaulted her into a tie for fi fth for the event.


ment, before giving them his response. “Yeah, it’s an easy


hole, but let me put you there at 12-under and we’ll see what you make,” says Lippert with a chuckle. “It’s defi nitely a different feeling.” Lippert is frequently told how he should have played the hole, how he only needed a par to shoot a 60 and have the course record all to himself. “I was 100 percent going after 59,”


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Eric Lippert is congratulated by his son after tieing the Del Monte course record.


you make par lay- ing up on No. 11,” Lippert said. “And second, I had been hitting great drives and I’ve never hit any- thing else but driver there. You can’t just change in the middle (of the round), and do something you don’t know just because it’s a different situation.” A couple years


later, Lippert cooked


Lippert said. “I wasn’t even thinking about the course record. At that point, I’m not thinking of anything but par or birdie. “I just want to have a putt for 59.” But Lippert tugged his drive left,


and didn’t have a clear shot. He punched out back into play, chipped up to 8 feet, and lipped out the putt for par, settling for a 61.


Lippert often hears that he should have hit an iron off the tee to take trouble out of play. But the way he was playing, that wasn’t a concern. He remembers that something “clicked” in his swing on his third hole of the day, and he entered No. 11 6-under in his last fi ve holes.


“First, there’s no guarantee


up another special round, and was 11-under through 17 holes when he reached the tough 421-yard 16th hole. But once again, Lippert lipped out a putt for 60, this time a birdie attempt from inside 10 feet. “That’s kind of the running joke


around here,” Lippert said. “How do you shoot 61 twice? Easy. You miss the putt for 60 twice.” So Lippert is one of the rare players


to tie his own course record. But it’s that fi rst 61 that he still thinks about. “A lot of things have to go well,”


Lippert said. “But as sad as it sounds, you have to realize when you’re playing that well, there’s always room to make a couple more. I could have shot 59.” Lippert then added with a laugh, “I could have retired after that.”


What’s in a name? Choosing baby names? Golf nuts might fi rst


be inclined to choose Jack or Tiger, but in Northern California, they should lean toward Michael. There are 23 diff erent Michaels who hold course records, three more than the next most prominent and dominant name: John (or Jon). Other great golf names include Robert (17) and Scott (10).


David Duval


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I don’t think I’ve ever been more under par than holes played.”


irdie, eagle, par, birdie, birdie, eagle, birdie.


Eight-under through seven holes. That’s how DAVID DUVAL started the third round of the 1997 AT&T at Pebble Beach. “It was weird because


at that point, I don’t think I’ve ever been more under par than holes played,” Du- val recalled after shooting an 8-under 28 on the front nine, en route to tying the course record with a 62. Tiger Woods and


Steve Stricker thought the scoreboard was malfunc- tioning when they saw what Duval was at after seven holes. “We said, ‘Is that real?’“


Woods said. “We were just shaking our heads.” Duval nearly made an


albatross on the second hole, knocking a 3-wood to 8 inches. He also knocked a 5-iron onto the sixth green before con- verting a 6-foot eagle putt. Tom Kite also shot 62 at Pebble Beach in 1983, but it should be noted that both 62s were posted with winter rules in effect. David Love III, Billy Andrade, Mike Weir and Todd Barranger all shot 63 while playing the ball down.


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