May 12, 2023

Al Geiberger - Part 2 (The 1966 PGA and Shooting 59)

Al Geiberger - Part 2 (The 1966 PGA and Shooting 59)

Al Geiberger begins this segment by recounting the joy of his 1966 PGA Championship win at Firestone followed hours later by the sadness brought on by the tragic loss of Tony and Betty Lema in a plane crash. He recalls his win in the 2nd edition of the Tournament Players Championship at Colonial CC (TX) over his hunting buddy, Dave Stockton. Al takes us through his incredible round of 59 in the second of the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic at Colonial CC (TN) becoming the only player in the modern era to win a non-major without a round in the 60's. Al Geiberger wraps up this episode by fondly recalling the positive influence of his parents, "FORE the Good of the Game."

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Geiberger, Al

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California native Al Geiberger played high school golf with Charles Schwab and collegiate golf for Stan Wood at USC where he competed in 3 L.A. Opens while in school. He turned professional in 1959 at age 22 and went on to win 30 professional events including 11 wins on the PGA Tour and 10 victories on the Senior Tour. Al won the 1966 PGA Championship at Firestone ad the 1975 Tournament Players Championship at Colonial CC. In 1977, Al won the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic without scoring a round in the 60's, shooting a second-round 59 (-13), the first sub-60 score ever recorded in competition. He played on two victorious Ryder Cup teams in 1967 and 1975 and was inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame class of USC Athletics.