*A Cut was made at 66 players
|1||10:00am||10||Darren Beck (AUS)
Andrew Martin (AUS)
Jordan Zunic (AUS)
|12||10:00am||1||Daniel Gale (AUS)
Callan O’Reilly (AUS)
Scott Vincent (ZIM)
|2||10:10am||10||Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL)
Peter Fowler (AUS)
Jeunghun Wang (KOR)
|13||10:10am||1||Paul Dunne (IRL)
Bernd Ritthammer (DEU)
Daniel Fox (AUS)
|3||10:20am||10||Wade Ormsby (AUS)
Yuta Ikeda (JPN)
Gregory Bourdy (FRA)
|14||10:20am||1||Austin Connelly (CAN)
Tom Murray (ENG)
Gareth Paddison (NZL)
|4||10:30am||10||Scott Hend (AUS)
Cory Crawford (AUS)
Max McCardle (AUS)
|15||10:30am||1||Michael Hoey (NIR)
Ben Evans (ENG)
Jazz Janewattananond (THA)
|5||10:40am||10||Kristoffer Reitan (NOR)
SSP Chawrasia (IND)
Per Langfors (SWE)
|16||10:40am||1||Sihwan Kim (USA)
Connor Syme (SCO)
Yi-keun Chang (KOR)
|6||10:50am||10||Shiv Kapur (IND)
Peter Lonard (AUS)
Michael Hendry (NZL)
|17||10:50am||1||Jorge Campillo (ESP)
Steven Jeffress (AUS)
Justin Harding (ZAF)
|7||11:00am||10||Anthony Quayle (AUS)
Tom Lewis (ENG)
Josh Younger (AUS)
|18||11:00am||1||Min Woo Lee (AUS)
Deyen Lawson (AUS)
Grant Forrest (SCO)
|8||11:10am||10||Miguel Tabuena (PHI)
Prom Meesawat (THA)
Terry Pilkadaris (AUS)
|19||11:10am||1||Ben Campbell (NZL)
Berry Henson (USA)
Clement Sordet (FRA)
|9||11:20am||10||Zach Murray (AUS)
Jake McLeod (AUS)
Harrison Endycott (AUS)
|20||11:20am||1||Adrian Otaegui (ESP)
Brad Kennedy (AUS)
Matt Jager (AUS)
|10||11:30am||10||Nick Flanagan (AUS)
Jason Scrivener (AUS)
David Bransdon (AUS)
|21||11:30am||1||Richard McEvoy (ENG)
Thomas Pieters (BEL)
Robert MacIntyre (SCO)
|11||11:40am||10||Adrien Saddier (FRA)
Andrew Dodt (AUS)
Daniel Gavins (ENG)
|22||11:40am||1||Matthew Griffin (AUS)
Panuphol Pittayarat (THA)
Ryan Fox (NZL)
‘Cameraman’s curse’: The perils of chasing history
It’s impossible not to get caught up in the moment
Out early to watch 20-year-old wunderkind Min Woo Lee slap a golf ball so hard it winces at the top of his back swing, a scan of the scores at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth suddenly reveals something extraordinary.
Stating the tournament from the 10th tee in the first group of the day, Miguel Tabuena has birdied all six of his opening holes.
It’s never happened in tournament golf before. Probably.
A quick scan of the draw shows he is just two groups ahead.
We skip across fro the 15th tee to the 16th green in time to hear the muted roar of the half dozen people who have cottoned on quicker than we have.
He’s now 7-under through seven. There’s no volunteer lugging a scoreboard to confirm it but the internet never lies.
On the other side of the country former PGA TOUR player Nathan Green tweets in bemusement at what is unfolding in front of us.
“Is this correct,” Green asks.
A two-putt par is somewhat anticlimactic at the par-3 17th but then an audacious second shot into a back-right pin at 18 sets up birdie NO. 8 in the space of nine holes.
He has played the back nine on only 28 shots and when he takes just three more ti complete the par-4 first, we start scouring the record books.
No one has played a tournament round at Lake Karrinyup in less than 63 shots – England’s James Morrison setting the mark at 9-under in 2014 – but Miguel has that number at his mercy. At this rate we’re going to smash the first 59 record on the European Tour by Oliver Fisher in Portugal just last September.
Lengthy birdie putts at the second and third holes fail to fall and then a golden opportunity at the par-4 fourth also stays above ground.
Our hearty dozen or so in the gallery has swelled significantly, each of us giddy at the prospect of sharing in something historic….. and then disaster.
The bunker right of the par-3 5th green swallows Tabuena’s tee shot an – short – sided – he momentarily resembles a B Grade Wednesday runner-up by chunking his shot out of a difficullt lie to the fringe and two-putting from the top of the slope.
All of a sudden he’s 8-under through 14 and the sense of excited anticipation fizzles into thin air.
A scrambled par at six, a Hosung Choi-espue second that flares left of the green at seven, a regulation par at the par-3 eighth and a three-putt bogey on the last and it is done.
It is the most deflating 65 you could imagine.
To his credit, Tabuena admitted that the pressure of maintaining such an impossible standard ultimately forced him into error; playing partner Terry Pilkadaris had a seperate theory along a similar theme.
“It’s the cameraman’s curse. They come out and all the birdies stop, “Pilkadaris reasoned after posting a 2-under 70 in Tabuena’s slip stream.
“There were no cameras out or anything and the way he was going I was just scratching my head.
“He’d birdied six in a row and there were no cameras out and I thought, This is strange.”
Less than an hour after finishing Tabuena’s score was matched by Norway’s Kristoffer Reitan and given the format of the tournament will count for little come Sunday.
But for a brief moment – at least for only a select few – on an early Thursday morning in Perth Miguel Tabuena flirted with something extraordinary, by reminding us what is possible when no one is watching.