Ahead of the 2019 Hainan Open, we take a look at Grant Forrest’s incredible record at the Hainan Open, which includes two runner-up finishes and nearly a round of 59.
The Scotsman finished second at Sanya Luhuitou Golf Club, where he recorded his lowest round of the season, en route to graduating to the European Tour last year.
In 2018, Forrest was making his second appearance at the Hainan Open, after claiming his best result of his professional career 12 months earlier. In 2017, he started the week as first reserve before making it into the tournament at the 11th hour and after rounds of 67-68-68-69 he took a share of second place.
Fast forward to the start of the first round in 2018, and Forrest was showcasing the same confidence which saw him claim that runner-up position. He started his opening round on the tenth tee and was five under par after four holes following back-to-back eagles on the 12th and 13th holes.
A run of three birdies before the turn saw him go out in 28 strokes, eight under par, as he comfortably sat at the top of the leaderboard.
An eagle on the second – his 11th hole – saw fans’ thoughts switch to one of golf’s rare sights – a round of 59. With seven holes to play, Forrest needed three birdies and no dropped shots to put his name to the history books.
However, the Scot carded seven consecutive pars to sign for a stunning round of 62, ten under par, taking a three shot first round lead. It was the stepping for another successful Hainan Open as Forrest followed up his opening round with rounds of 72-70-71 to clinch another runner-up spot in Sanya City.