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62 Spyglass Hill “


A 62 is good at Bermuda Dunes. A 62 at Spyglass is a whole diff erent story.”


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HIL MICKELSON broke the course record at Spyglass Hill by two strokes when he fi red a 10-under


62 in the fi rst round of the 2005 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. “A 62 is good at Bermuda Dunes,”


said KEVIN SUTHERLAND at the time. “A 62 at Spyglass is a whole different story. That’s an amazing round.” Just two years later, Sutherland


rattled off 10 birdies during the sec- ond round of the 2007 AT&T en route to a 63. Sutherland had a very real chance at breaking the record, but he snap-hooked a 3-wood on his third to last hole (the reachable par-5 sev- enth) for a lost ball, before salvaging bogey and settling—it’s all relative at that point—for a 63. “Spyglass is one of my favorite


courses in the world,” said Sutherland after. “But a 63 was not the score I was thinking of when I teed off.” To give you an idea of


how hard Spyglass plays, its rating of 75.5 from the blue tees matches the stretched-out U.S. Open tees at Pebble Beach. Spyglass is also ranked as the fourth toughest course in America by Golf Digest. When Mickelson shot 62 in 2005,


LUKE DONALD was in the group ahead of him. Donald wondered how long it would be before someone would shoot a round like that. Dan Forsman’s course record of 8-under 64 had stood since 1993 (it was tied by David Berganio Jr. in 2001). “It only took 365 days,” said a


proud Donald after fi ring a 62 of his own in 2006. “I’m glad it was me.” Starting on the back nine, Donald


Luke Donald


birdied Nos. 11-13, holed out a 96-yard sand wedge for eagle, and birdied No. 15 en route to a 6-under 30. “Not much was go- ing wrong,” Donald


said. “I didn’t really threaten to make bogey, and kept it in play.” Donald tied the record with a bird-


ie on his fi nal hole, sinking a 12-footer on No. 9.


Shoot for the Stars


You’re in good company if you can set a course record at one of these courses:


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PROUD OF THE CURRENT COURSE RECORD? Then be- ware of inviting pros to your course. Specifi cally, don’t invite Nick Watney, Matt Bettencourt or Scott McCarron to join your foursome. These active PGA Tour players won a combined nine times on Tour, and each have tied or set four course records in Northern California. Nick Watney: 59 at Eagle Springs, 61 at San Joaquin, 61 at Del Monte, 63 at Sunny- vale (in May he also shot a course-record 59 outside the region at La Cumbre in Santa Barbara)


Nick Watney


Matt Bettencourt: 62 at LakeRidge, 63 at Spring Creek, 63 at Riverside, 63 at Haggin


Oaks (Arcade) Scott McCarron: 62 at Rancho Murrietta, 62 at Serrano, 67 at Hiddenbrooke, 67 at Old Greenwood Kevin Sutherland has a share of three course records:


62 at Yolo Fliers Club, 63 a Cameron Park, 63 at Winchester Others with a piece of three course records are: Three-time PGA Tour winner Dick Lotz (59 at San Jose CC, 62 at Diablo, 63 at Graeagle Meadows) Robert Myer (62 at Sierra View, 63 at Auburn Valley, 63 at North Ridge) Scott Olds (63 at Roddy Ranch, 64 at Oakhurst, 64 at Shadow Lakes)


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Bayonet – 62 by Andres Gonzalez Blackhawk (Lakeside) – 61 by Brittany Lincecome Boulder Ridge – 64 by Christina Kim Colusa – 61 by Harvey Ward CordeValle – 63 by Annika Sorenstam Coyote Creek (Tournament Course) – 65 by Hale Irwin Cypress Point Club – 63 by Ben Hogan, Jim Langley, Casey Reamer and Kramer Hickok Edgewood Tahoe – 64 by Lee Trevino Lincoln Hills – 64 by Helen Alfredsson and Se Ri Pak Links at Spanish Bay (67) – Tom Watson Morro Bay – 64 by Loren Roberts Peacock Gap– 62 by Raymond Floyd Pebble Beach – 62 by Tom Kite and David Duval Poppy Hills – 62 by Matt Gogel Quail Lodge – 62 by Bobby Clampett Rancho Canada (East) – 63 by Doug Sanders Richmond CC (63) and Gilroy GC (60) – George Archer Serrano – 62 by Tom Kite Silverado Resort (North) – 63 by Johnny Miller Sonoma GC – 62 by John Cook Spyglass Hill – 62 by Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald The Villages – 62 by Roger Maltbie TPC Harding Park – 64 by Ken Venturi and Colin Montgomerie Wente Vineyards – 65 by Jason Dufner and J.J. Killeen


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PHOTO: STAN BATZ, US PGA TOUR


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