Equalled a world record, fired a career-low round and scored a breakthrough professional win on the PGA Tour of Australasia - Bendigo's Andrew Martin had some sort of Sunday.
The Neangar Park golfer came from eight shots behind with one round to play to win The Players Series Sydney at Bonnie Doon Golf Club.
The 36-year-old had a remarkable four eagles in his first nine holes to equal the world record for most eagles in one round in a professional event.
"It's a bit surreal, to be honest,'' Martin said on Sunday.
"It's a relief at the moment. It probably won't sink in for a few days."
His score of 61 is believed to be the lowest final round to win in the history of the PGA Tour of Australasia and he joins the likes of Gordon Brand Jnr (1986), Willie Wood (1990), Scott McCarron (1995), Mikko Ilonen (2003) and Haotong Li (2019) to record four eagles in a single round on a major tour.
The run of eagles started on the par-four third hole when his pitching wedge from 121m rolled in the cup.
A birdie on the fourth hole was cancelled out by a bogey on the sixth hole and then Martin produced the most memorable three holes of his pro career.
At the par-five seventh he holed an eagle putt from about four metres away and then on the short par-four eighth his tee shot finished just short of the green.
His chip rolled in for his third eagle of the day.
How about this! 3 consecutive Eagle holes for Andrew Martin, And he’s also now equalled the World record for 4 Eagles in a round of Golf!— #ThePlayersSeries (@PGAofAustralia) March 7, 2021
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On the par-five ninth hole, Martin's second shot missed the green to the right.
From the rough, Martin made good connection, the ball landed just on the green and trickled into the hole at the perfect speed for a third-straight eagle and his fourth for the round.
"I played really solidly, it wasn't just luck,'' he said.
"For the four eagles I couldn't have hit a better shot each time. It was nice for everything to come together like that."
Martin shot an eight-under par 29 on the front nine to move within two shots of leader Charlie Dann, who teed off an hour later.
When Dann had three-straight bogeys at the start of the back nine Martin found himself one shot in front.
After missing birdie opportunities on the par-five 14th and short par-four 16th and 17th, Martin strode to the difficult par-four 18th with a one-shot lead.
After finding the fairway with his tee shot, his eight-iron approach landed just short of the green and rolled to within about four metres of the hole.
Andrew Martin finishes his Round with a 10-under score, taking him to 18-under with a 1-shot shot lead. You won't want to miss this finish!— #ThePlayersSeries (@PGAofAustralia) March 7, 2021
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He calmly rolled in the birdie putt to grab a handy two-shut lead on Dann.
"The putt was just outside of the right edge,'' Martin said.
"It wasn't a difficult putt...it was just a matter of getting it on the right line.
"I hit a good putt and, thankfully, it went in."
Martin then had to sit back and watch Dann complete his round.
The third round leader needed to birdie the last hole to force a play-off, but he left himself a difficult, lengthy downhill putt.
Dann's putt slid well past the hole and he eventually three-putted for bogey, leaving Martin to celebrate a two-shot victory at 18-under par.
Martin was swamped by some of his fellow pros and congratulated by tournament host, NRL great Braith Anasta.
After the best part of 12 months without much professional golf to play, the $22,500 first prize was a more than handy boost to Martin's bank account.
Martin had little time to celebrate victory. He headed straight to Sydney Airport to board a flight to Brisbane to prepare for this week's Queensland Open.
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