Vegas nearly hits the jackpot with a 60 at Barbasol Championship

Jackpot! Vegas has ace shoots 60 in Barbasol Championship

Vegas nearly hits the jackpot with a 60 at Barbasol Championship

Double major victor Angel Cabrera of Argentina and Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas both fired six-under-par 65s to share the first-round lead at the Barbasol Championship in Alabama on Thursday.

Vegas, who shared the overnight lead with two-times major victor Angel Cabrera of Argentina at six-under, started at the 10th and played holes 12 through 17 in eight-under, including an eagle-three at 13 and a hole-in-one at the 213-yard 17th.

A bogey at her final hole, the par-four ninth at Highland Meadows, cost her the outright lead, but Kim wasn't too discouraged. He won the 2011 Bob Hope Classic for his lone tour title.

"There is a huge advantage if you can carry 310 yards or so because you can carry the bunkers that come into play, especially at the par-fives", the Venezuelan said.

"It was just a great feeling, seeing that ball go in", he added.

Kim Hyo-Joo celebrated her 21st birthday by seizing a share of the first-round lead at the LPGA Marathon Classic on Thursday alongside fellow South Korean Lee Mi-Rim and Japan's Haru Nomura.

"When I got to 8-under (for the day) I actually let myself think a little bit about 59 but I had to pull myself back", Vegas said.

That gave Vegas an early six-shot lead over American Hudson Swafford, who shot a 63 for 11-under 136.

The 60, which included eight birdies, two eagles and a bogey, was Vegas' lowest professional round by three strokes and was also three better than the lowest course record round at last year's event. "I don't want him to float around this weekend and win by making pars".

Former Auburn player Blayne Barber was a stroke back at 66 along with Martin Laird, Ben Crane, Shawn Stefani, Matt Bettencourt, Michael Kim and Lucas Lee.

He missed a chance to become the seventh PGA Tour player to shoot 59.

Jhonattan Vegas, of Venezuela, gestures after hitting a hole-in-one on the 17th hole during second round play at the Barbasol Championship golf tournament Friday, July 15, 2016, in Opelika, Ala. Vegas hit a hole-in-one.

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