Cristobal del Solar shoots a 57 on Korn Ferry Tour

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Cristobal Del Solar (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

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Dubliner David Carey’s 11-under 57 on the Alps Tour’s Cervino Open back in 2019 had been the lowest recorded round on a professional tour, earning the big-hitter the moniker ‘Mr. 57’, but now he shares the honour.

Whilst the PGA Tour stars brave unseasonal conditions at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Korn Ferry Tour headed for the Colombian capital Bogota for the Astara Golf Championship at Bogota Country Club.

Chilean native Cristobal Del Solar, ranked 259 in the world, birdied six of the opening nine and eagled the last of these to make the turn in an eight-under 27, and birdied an additional four holes in the opening six on the back side with another eagle coming at 12.

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Facing two 400-yard par-4s and a short par-3 over the closing three holes, there was even a chance that he could set the bar lower – or higher, depending on your viewpoint – than it had ever been set before, but he’d round out with three pars to post -13 and tie Carey’s record at 57.

At the time he was signing his card, del Solar was five shots clear of his nearest challenger and, incredibly, he becomes the second Chilean in six days to break the magical 60 mark after Joaquin Niemann took 59 strokes to complete his opening round at the season-opening LIV Mayakoba event in Mexico.

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