Power Rankings: Ally Challenge
September 10, 2018
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- September 10, 2018
- Billy Mayfair shares the 18-hole scoring record at Warwick Hills.
Editors note: Vartan Kupelian is a PGATOUR.COM contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his top 10 players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.
Billy Mayfair shares the 18-hole scoring record at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club with Tiger Woods.
Mayfair shot 61 in the final round of the 2001 Buick Open won by Kenny Perry. Woods equaled the mark four years. Woods finished in a tie for second behind Vijay Singh in 2005.
Mayfair returns to Warwick Hills for this week’s new tournament on the PGA TOUR Champions, the much anticipated Ally Challenge presented by McLaren. He won’t be alone in getting good vibes when he sets foot onto the course at Grand Blanc, Michigan. Warwick Hills was always a favorite stop on the PGA TOUR as home of the Buick Open until its departure after the 2009 event.
What set apart Mayfair’s record round was a 9-under-par 27 on the back nine. The PGA TOUR record is 26, by Corey Pavin, at the 2006 U.S. Bank Championship. Pavin achieved the score on a par 34 front nine at Deer Park. Par at Warwick Hills is 36-36 - 72.
“If you would have told me at the beginning of the day I was going to shoot 61 out there, I would have probably thought you were crazy,” Mayfair said. “It's not something you think about.”
Mayfair had an eight-hole birdie-eagle streak.
Here’s how he shot 27:
No. 10 – Par 4: Holed a sand wedge out of the fairway from 110 yards. Flew it 115 yards, spun back into the hole. Eagle 2.
No. 11 – Par 3: 6-iron from 175 yards to 10 feet. Birdie 2
No. 12 – Par 4: Driver, lob wedge from 60 yards to 10 feet. Birdie 3
No. 13 – Par 5: Driver, 3-iron from 210 yards into greenside bunker. Up-and-down for Birdie 4
No. 14 – Par 4: Driver, lob wedge from 30 yards to within a foot of the cup. Birdie 3.
No. 15 – Par 4: Driver, 5-iron from 190 yards to 15 feet. Birdie 3.
No. 16 – Par 5: Driver left rough, 280 yards to green. 3-wood short of green; chip to 10 feet. Birdie 4
No. 17 – Par 3: 5-iron from 202 yards to 30 feet. 2 putts for par 3.
No. 18 – Par 4: Driver to middle of the fairway, 9-iron from 145 yards to about 12 feet below the hole. Birdie 3.
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