Has Anyone Shot 57 on a Pro Golf Tour?

You know that there are pro golfers who have scored 59 in tournaments played on major pro golf tours. You might also know that there have even been some 58s recorded on pro tours. What about the score of 57 for an 18-hole round? Has any pro golfer, on any major pro golf tour, shot 57?

Yes. But the rounds — there have been two so far — come with a caveat about the yardages of the two golf courses where the 57s were recorded: Neither round qualifies for the Guinness Book of World Records (commissions earned), which requires scores be posted on golf courses at least 6,500 yards long. One of the 57s was scored on a course under 6,300 yards, the other on a course around 6,000 yards.

Cristobal Del Solar, 57, Korn Ferry Tour, 2024

The highest-level tour yet to see a 57 is the U.S.-based Korn Ferry Tour, which is the second-level tour behind the PGA Tour. Korn Ferry golfers "graduate" to the PGA Tour. (Related: Lowest 18-hole scores on the Korn Ferry Tour)

But the Korn Ferry Tour was in South America when Cristobal Del Solar scored 57 in the first round of the 2024 Astara Golf Championship in Columbia. Del Solar scored 27 on the front nine, 30 on the back nine, making nine birdies and two eagles en route to his 13-under-par 57.

The golf course was Country Club de Bogota-Pacos in Bogota, Colombia. That course measured only 6,254 yards the day of Del Solar's 57, very short by pro tour standards. But, because it was at nearly 9,000 elevation, it played even shorter.

But nobody else that day challenged Del Solar: The best other score in the tournament's first round was 61.

David Carey, 57, Alps Tour, 2019

At the 2019 Cervino Open, a tournament on the Alps Tour, Irish golfer David Carey carded a score of 57 in the first round. He went on to the win the tournament in a playoff.

Carey's 57 happened on a short-course whose par is under 70. Golf Club Cervino, in the Italian Alps, is a par-69 course for daily play and only 5,796 yards long. It plays longer for the tour events, but the par is taken down to 68. Plus, the course is at altitude, so the already short course is effectively even shorter.

Carey had 11 birdies and zero bogeys in the round. The best any other golfer did that day was a score of 61.

Does the Alps Tour really qualify as a "major" tour? We define a major pro golf tour as one whose tournaments award points for the Official World Golf Ranking. And the Alps Tour is part of the OWGR system. It is a third-level tour in Europe: The Alps Tour feeds into the Challenge Tour, which feeds into the European Tour.

Related articles:

espn.com, "Cristobal del Solar shoots record 57 in Korn Ferry Tour event," https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/39485695/cristobal-del-solar-shoots-record-57-korn-ferry-tour-event
SkySports.com, "David Carey shoots amazing round of 57 during Alps Tour event," https://www.skysports.com/golf/news/12176/11802717/david-carey-shoots-amazing-round-of-57-during-alps-tour-event
Guinness Book of World Records

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