After the morning round of the Arch Cup in Eureka, Missouri, on Tuesday, it did not seem like it would be a particularly memorable day for Missouri-St. Louis junior Markus Lindberg.
The Swede shot a 74 over the first 18 holes, which was tied for fourth out of the five members of the UMSL team and tied for 11th overall.
But when the afternoon session of the long, 36-hole tournament began, Lindberg was a completely different man.
The junior shot a collegiate-record-tying 60 in the second round to cruise to a tournament victory by five strokes. The Tritons also took the team title, thanks in large part to Lindberg's efforts.
He started the second round with an eagle, then followed that up with four consecutive birdies on holes 5-8. A birdie on No. 10 put him at 7 under, before three more birdies on 14, 15 and 17 had him at a 56 with a par-5 No. 18 left standing in his way.
A birdie would tie the record, but he had a chance to become the first collegiate golfer to score a 59 when his second shot rolled onto the green from about 25 yards out. Unfortunately, the putt missed, but set up an easy birdie to become just the 10th to score a 60 in college.
“He was really calm all afternoon and never seemed to get caught up in the moment and what he was trying to do,” UMSL coach Troy Halterman told Golfweek. “He just kept hitting shots. He has shown the ability to make large numbers of birdies, but never put a complete round together in a tournament before.”
Lindberg has had previous success at the college level, including earning a Division II All-American honorable mention spot in 2015. But this certainly had to be the highlight of his career so far, and it has his name planted firmly in the record books until someone finally manages to find a way to that elusive 59.