UPS AND DOWNS: Rhein Gibson hits out of a bunker during the final round of the Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney. Gibson had a fantastic second round at the Australian PGA on the Gold Coast.
UPS AND DOWNS: Rhein Gibson hits out of a bunker during the final round of the Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney. Gibson had a fantastic second round at the Australian PGA on the Gold Coast. PAUL MILLER

Golf: Gibson gets a course record during Australian PGA

LISMORE golfer Rhein Gibson shot a course record during the Australian PGA at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.

Gibson had mixed results during the four rounds of the tournament but finished the second round with a nine-under-par 64.

The 29-year-old is no stranger to course records after his 16-under-par 55 at the River Oakes Club in the United States in 2012.

It was confirmed in the Guiness Books of Records as the lowest score shot on a regulation 18-hole course.

His latest achievement was a big effort considering that he started with a seven-over-par 79 on the opening day.

Gibson chipped in for an eagle on the ninth, had a birdie on the 11th, then another eagle on the 12th.

He made further birdies at the 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th to complete the remarkable turnaround from eight over to nine under par.

Gibson was unable to replicate that form in the third round with another 79 before finishing the fourth round yesterday.

He worked his way down to four-over as he went into the final nine holes.

The Lismore junior has ticked plenty of boxes since he finished fourth at the Australian Open in 2013.

He went on to the British Open last year where he played rounds with golf legend Tigers Woods and world No1 Jordan Spieth.

The Web.com Tour helped him achieve a lifelong dream this year when he secured a spot on the US PGA Tour.

Gibson still returns home to Lismore where he was coached by club professional Peter Jaeger.

Jaeger was his caddy when he played in the British Open and remains in close contact.

Meanwhile, Australian Masters champion Peter Senior failed to make the cut on the Gold Coast.

Senior, 56, will play in the Schweppes Australian Legends Tour Championship this week at Byron Bay, an event he won when he last played it in 2013.

Former British Open winner Ian Baker-Finch is also in the field.



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