Fathauer shoots 59 in Web.com Tour practice round
March 12, 2014
- Derek Fathauer ranks 20th on the money list thanks to a T8 at Pacific Rubialies. (Halleran/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Louisville graduate Derek Fathauer posted a magic number during a practice round at Sao Paulo GC on Tuesday, playing with Guy Boros and Roland Thatcher. Will it lead to a magic week?
Fauthauer shot a 12-under 59 that included a bogey, 11 birdies and an eagle.
"Once the birdies started racking up, and after hole 3, 4, 5, 6 I was getting comments and was just trying to ride it out. Guy was asking me on every hole 'are you done, are you done?' and 'save them for the tournament' and things like that. I was just having fun with it."
He shares his thoughts on the low round below.
WERE YOU AWARE OF THE SCORES? "In a tournament if you’re playing well and have the right people around you, they just leave you alone and don’t say anything and watch. Guy was heckling me and giving me a hard time but it was all in good fun. We were having a great time.
"It was pretty easy. I made one putt to save par on one hole but other than that they were going in from everywhere."
HAVE YOU GONE THIS LOW BEFORE? "A couple of months ago at the Legacy Club in Port St. Lucie I played in a pro-member event and shot a 61. It was close to what yesterday (Tuesday) was like. It seems like you can’t miss. You’re just confident. You don’t worry about your stroke. You pick a lie and hit it, that’s it. It’s very simple."
WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM IT? "I’ve got to change a little bit in the way I play golf. It’s about not trying so hard. I’ve done pretty good on that the last month or so. It’s about preparing and then going out and playing. You still have to do the preparation work but there’s nothing else you can do. You can’t force it. You’ve just got to play and the let the rest take care of itself. I’ve been trying to force it the last couple of years and yesterday showed me that the more fun you have out there and the lighter your mood the freer your swing will be and the better you’ll probably play."
DOES IT HELP CONFIDENCE? "I’ve got to find some ways to clear my mind and just go play. It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday, tomorrow is a new day. I am confident and feel good about the way I play this course. My game plan is solid and it’s about going out and executing it. What happened yesterday, happened yesterday."
FINAL THOUGHTS? "The only thing that would make it better would be if Guy pays me the $10 he still owes me (laughing)."