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Duval Matches PGA Record With 59

January 24, 1999

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) _ David Duval shot a 13-under par 59 Sunday in the Bob Hope Desert Classic, matching the lowest round in PGA Tour history.

Duval, playing the 6,950-yard Arnold Palmer Course at PGA West, made 11 birdies and finished his amazing round by rolling an 8-foot eagle putt directly into the middle of the cup on No. 18.

Despite shooting the lowest closing score ever in a tour event, Duval had to wait to see if he had won the tournament, watching co-leader Steve Pate, in a group behind him, finish his round.

Duval began the final day of the 90-hole Hope at 13-under, seven shots behind leader Fred Funk. But Funk was playing the final round near par, not good enough to keep him in the race with Duval and Pate, who began the day at 19-under, one shot off the lead.

Duval matched the low-round record of 59 set by Al Geiberger during his second round in the 1977 Memphis Classic. Chip Beck equaled the feat during the third round of the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational. Those courses also were par 72s.

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