Australian Stuart Appleby has a celebration planned for Tuesday night after tying the PGA Tour's single-round scoring record Sunday with a 59.
The effort helped him capture The Greenbrier Classic by one stroke over Jeff Overton and earn a spot in this week's $8.5 million World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. Appleby has played in the PGA Tour event at Firestone Country Club every year starting in 1997, when it was the NEC World Series of Golf.
''It wasn't important for me to get back here, it was important for me to get back into form,'' Appleby said Tuesday. ''I didn't want to miss here. I knew I wasn't going to be here and I said, 'Well, OK, off to Turning Stone.'
''I'm not sure how I got in here. I knew how I got in the PGA (next week at Whistling Straits) by having enough money up. But I got invited back, so I'm back.''
Appleby earned his invitation with the victory in the Greenbrier, which hinged on the event's strength of field. It marked his first victory since the Shell Houston Open in 2006.
But while he will celebrate becoming just the fifth player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59, Appleby has another reason to toast. He said 10 years ago he met his wife Ashley, a Canton native and McKinley High School graduate, during the week of the tournament.
Married for eight years, Appleby wouldn't say if they planned to dine at LeFevre's in Cuyahoga Falls, a restaurant now called The River, where they had their first date.
''I don't know. I do whatever my wife says,'' he said, laughing.