What is Your Best Start to a Round of Golf
What has been your best start to a round this season? Well, one member of the Golfshake Community who submitted his score into the Score Tracker to join the 2021 #BirdieClub began his round at Guildford Golf Club in spectacular fashion by making four consecutive birdies!
Describing the achievement for us, the golfer shared his story, which came as a shock!
"I have actually been limiting my golfing over the past few weeks thanks to pain in my left elbow I've been experiencing since mid-July. It was infrequent and not too bad so I thought I'd take a back seat for a while to rest it and let it hopefully recover. This meant no medals or comps, no practice and just play my regular friendly midweek after work game once per week for a while, with only a few quick chips and putts as warm up and see how it went.
"So it's fair to say I had zero expectations when starting this particular round and I think this relaxed mood definitely had an influence on what was to occur.
"First hole, solid drive down middle of fairway, wedge 8 feet to back pin, putt holed. General comments followed along the lines of 'maybe should stop practicing more!'
"Second, short par 3, missed green right in a nasty bit of thick rough. Hit pitch which bounced once before entering the cup to much amusement.
"Third, par 5, drive, 3 iron, wedge from 50 yards to 6 feet. All very regulation and 3 up!
"Maybe on the fourth tee was the first time the mind started to wonder onto potential golfing greatness as the drive was pulled left onto the adjacent 3rd fairway. Not too worried, the quest for another birdie wasn't thwarted as the approach went to 6 feet and putt holed."
So, that was four birdies, but it could have been even better!
"I have actually witnessed someone birdie the first five at Guildford and I nearly recreated this feat as my 10 foot birdie putt on the 5th burned the edge!"
When you start a round in that manner, the dreams come to mind, but this game always finds a way to humble.
"Then the illusion of a first under par round started to fade thanks to a lost ball in the high grass to the right of the 6th green that led to a triple!"
Last year, we posed the question What is Your Best Ever Start to a Round, looking at some notable examples on tour, including Dustin Johnson's front-nine 27 at TPC Boston, and Corey Pavin's 26 on the front-nine of Brown Deer Park GC during the 2006 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. We also have to add Tommy Fleetwood's back-to-back opening eagles (!!!) at the WGC-Mexico Championship in 2019!
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