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While Stuart Appleby’s 59 yesterday at the Greenbrier Classic is THE story and as well that it should be, the man who generated it remains humble even hours after he made history. There will be those wondering, due the recent low scoring on display, whether the game is in need of further changes. Appleby’s 59 isn’t the first one at the Greenbrier as Slammin’ Sammy Sneed matched it. “I still think his is the better one by far,” said Appleby. “Well, the equipment for a start. I know the course was shorter, but he was probably using one ball. I think Sam Snead's got a little bit more of a skill level than I have,” he added. “It was just phenomenal. So I think, you know, shouldn't say 59 is easier today, but easier than back then.”
While the equipment is better today, until recently 59s were not the norm and its not to say that it ever will be. No one knows if or when anyone may occur. Its an amazing feat, but most eyes point towards the equipment versus the conditions of the course(s), which is certainly an equal part if not more to producing such accomplishments.
Appleby acknowledged that recent history also played a part in his remarkable performance. “I played with Steve Stricker at John Deere. Saw him effectively miss two putts in two rounds of golf and make everything else that was makable and even not makable,” he explained. “I saw what D. A. Points did to the golf course,” he added, referencing Points’ third round score of 61. It supports the theory that seeing is believing. “Certainly the best visualization is when a guy is just draining putts. You spend some time around -- you know, and I was getting sucked along a little bit with his play. I was making some birdies, but he just was pulling away. I couldn't draft him enough,” he explained in his prior round. “We spend so much time trying to have rounds like today. Forget whether it's a 50 something, you're just trying to have rounds where you're scaring the hole. And when you do and they drop, it's a pleasant feeling. You just never seem to get enough of them.”