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Hinrich Arkenau plays a 59 and triumphs

Sparkassen Open 2017

With a record-round of 59 German Hinrich Arkenau started into the Sparkassen Open 2017, two round after the professional from Lohne in Northern Germany won the tournament with a total 24 under par (59, 65, 68), one shot ahead of Englishman Ben Parker (64, 67, 62). The 59 was scored for the second time at the Bochumer Golfclub and the third time ever on the Pro Golf Tour.

by Christian Langer

Bochum – „It’s so cool how fast the news of my result is spreading.I just wanted to get my mobile to take a photo of the scorecard, and as I turned it on, I already had 80 new messages.” The 59 strokes of his first round, 13 under par with 13 birdies, were a huge attraction in golf – with great justice. Hinrich Arkenau is now on out of 14 players worldwide, who achieved a 59 on a par-72 course. Arkenau also is after Martin Kaymer, who signed a 59 on his scorecard in 2006, the second German to achieve this record-score, and the third player in Pro Golf Tour history. 2015 the Dutchman Robin Kind achieved a 59, also at the Sparkassen Open in Bochum.

“You just play on and try to do your best for every hole. I was pleased about every birdie, but I didn’t think about the 59 at all. It’s always a possibility, but it never seems that close. Until the last putt went into the whole, I hadn’t even considered a 59.” Only in hindsight did his knees start to shake: “It takes a while to get your head around this kind of result. But it’s a great feeling! The 59 feels like a tournament victory, it can never be taken away from you.” Indeed he didn’t let go of the victory as well, even though it got very close: After finishing round 2 with 65, Arkenau retained the lead with 20 under par and held a six stroke advantage towards Dylan Boshart from the Netherlands. But in the final round he nearly lost the lead after a 68. Ben Parker from England played a 62, and by that the best score of the final day. Parker, who had already won twice ni 2017, hoped for a third victory, which would have made him promote directly to the Challenge Tour.

But it ended in a victory for Arkenau, who had a special surprise for his mother: “The day I played the 59 was her 60th birthday, and I couldn’t be there to celebrate. But at least I could make her a special birthday present with that score”, the champion said.

The tours next stop is the Zell am See – Kaprun Open 2017 presented by Salzburger Land, which starts at July 17.