Former Arizona State University star Alejandro del Rey had such a great time with a 29 out of the top nine in a Challenge Tour event on Friday that he decided to start over at the ‘back.
The end result, a scintillating 58, would be the first of a grand lap on a par 72 course. A few others – Jim Furyk at the 2016 Travelers, for example – posted the same score, but on par 70 courses.
Incredibly, the Spaniard was thinking even lower during the Swiss Challenge at Golf Saint Apollinaire, a course in the French hills just outside of Basel, Switzerland. After registering back-to-back Eagles at No.11 and 12, then adding birdies at No.14 and 15, he could have made 55 if he had birdieed. Instead, del Rey made par on each of the last three holes to get the impressive count.
Despite having had a productive career at Arizona State – winning four college titles at Tempe and helping Spain take bronze at the 2018 World Amateur Team Championship – del Rey fell to 392nd in the official world rankings of golf and a even 500th in the Golfweek / Sagarin ranking. He struggled in the first round of the event on Thursday, displaying a pedestrian 74, ahead of Friday’s incredible demonstration.
A pair of other players, Adrian Monk and Nicolo Ravano, also registered 58s on the Challenge Tour, but again not on par-72s.
Even with his performance, del Rey is still two steps away from leader Marcel Schneider, who broke the course record with a 61 on the opening day of the event, but that distinction didn’t last long.