Originally created 10/20/06

Rose has to settle for 60



LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Justin Rose dropped his putter, put his hands on his knees and shook his head. Then he managed a smile, knowing just how close he came to tying the PGA Tour scoring record Thursday.

Rose missed a 14-foot birdie putt on No. 18 that would have given him 59 and tied the PGA Tour record set by Al Geiberger in 1977 and tied by Chip Beck (1991) and David Duval (1999).

Rose settled for 12-under-par 60, a course record and an early lead in the Funai Classic at Disney.

"I did everything right to shoot 59," Rose said. "All I wanted to do was have a putt at 59."

He had one. It was pretty much straight, too.

Rose hit a 6-iron from 190 yards on the 454-yard 18th. The ball bounced 6 inches from the hole, rolled past and stopped near the fringe. Rose tipped his hat several times as he walked toward the green and couldn't stop smiling.

He lined up the putt from both sides, took two practice swings, then pulled it just left.

Rose had other putts that would have made the difference. He barely missed an 8-footer on No. 13 and a 4-footer on No. 16.

"Right now, I don't feel disappointed," he said. "Maybe the enormity of 59 will hit me and I'll think, 'Well, that was an amazing chance.' ... It was uncharted territory for me."

Rose started his record round with three consecutive birdies. He got even hotter with six consecutive birdies beginning at the par-5 seventh. At 10 under and heading to No. 13, Rose turned to his caddie and said, "A 59 is on the card here."

Rose has a four-shot lead over Richard S. Johnson.

Five players, including Augusta native Charles Howell, had 65. Augusta resident Vaughn Taylor shot 72.

MALLORCA OPEN: In Son Servera, Mallorca, former Augusta State golfer Gary Murphy is tied for the first-round lead in the European Tour event.

Murphy shot 4-under-par 66, which was matched by Niclas Fasth and Andrew McLardy.

Padraig Harrington stumbled to 77.

Harrington, trying to catch Paul Casey for the season money title, had a triple-bogey 7 on the seventh and shot 41 on the front nine.

He trails Casey by $274,591, with only the Mallorca Open and next week's Volvo Masters left.

Casey is not playing in this week's event.

PalmettoPride Classic: In Charleston, S.C., four players are tied for the clubhouse lead in the first round of the Nationwide Tour event, which was suspended by darkness.

Cliff Kresge, Chris Tidland, Matthew Jones and Michael Sim had 5-under-par 67s at Daniel Island Club and Craig Lile is 5 under through 13 holes.

Former Thomson resident Franklin Langham shot 69. Augusta's John Engler had 75, as did Aiken's Matt Hendrix.