Aug. 5, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. - Former Lamar University golf standout Dawie Van Der Walt fired a career-low round 60 on Sunday at the Web.com Tour's Cox Classic Presented by Lexus of Omaha to move from a tie for 34th to a second place finish.
Playing on the par-71, 7,145-yard Champions Run layout, Van Der Walt had an 8-foot eagle putt at No. 17 and a 6-foot birdie attempt on the last hole that would have given him just the second 59 in the history of the tournament. Van Der Walt finished the event at 21-under par to finish two strokes behind Ben Kohles and collect $70,200.
Van Der Walt made the turn with a 6-under-par 29 and promptly eagled the par-5 10th hole to get to 8-under. Van Der Walt's bogey-free round included three birdies on the back nine and his 60 is the lowest round on the tour this season.
"When I made birdie at 14, I thought I had a good chance at it (shooting 59) coming in if I could make a few more," Van Der Walt said. "I think the most nervous I was was on the 18th hole when I had that putt to shoot 59 ... I just missed a few putts coming in."
Van Der Walt was the 2007 Southland Conference champion and Player of the Year and a three-time Ping All-American. He finished fourth individually at the 2006 NCAA Championships, and helped the Cardinals tie for third at the 2007 NCAA Championships.