Lismore touring golf pro, Rhein Gibson, is preparing for a big year on the course.
Lismore touring golf pro, Rhein Gibson, is preparing for a big year on the course. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

'Mr 55' Rhein Gibson on song for Queensland Open

RHEIN Gibson, the golfer recognised as shooting the lowest round in history, is look to take his shot making skills in the $110,00 Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater golf club starting Thursday.

The 29 year-old is in form coming off a $70,000 pro-am on the Gold Coast recently. He has enjoyed a good year in which he finished fourth to Northern Ireland's world No.1 Rory McIlroy at the Australian Open and made the cut at the British Open.

He partnered Tiger Woods during the third round of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

"I feel like my game is okay coming into the Queensland Open,'' he said.

"It was good to win on the Gold Coast and I played alright in Fiji the previous week.

"I shared the opening round lead in Fiji and felt I didn't play that badly for the rest of the event, but the course was brutal. Overall it has been a fair year but I wish I'd played a bit more consistently."

Gibson will partner with young Queenslander Cameron Smith and experienced Victoria David Bransdon in the opening two rounds.

Originally from Lismore, Gibson has been based in Oklahoma City in the United States for a number of years.

"I graduated from college there and my wife is from Oklahoma,'' he said.

Gibson gained notoriety in 2012 when he shot 16-under 55 at the River Oaks Golf Club in Oklahoma, a feat since recognised by Guinness World Records as the lowest round in history. Starting on the back nine of the 6698-yard, par-71 course, Gibson opened with a routine par before notching two eagles and a birdie on the next three holes.

He continued his birdie blitz with five straight to close a stunning opening nine in 26 shots...10-under par. Forced to wait 15 minutes on the next tee, he carded successive pars but then birdied six of the last seven for an incredible 55.

"I don't want that round to define my career,'' he said. "But it is nice to have it in my back pocket.

"As far as helping me, it really hasn't except for a little bit of notoriety.

"I'm just trying to make a living playing golf and, hopefully, people can see I can play the game.''

Gibson played a practice nine holes at Brookwater on Monday followed by the pro-am.

"The greens are quite small and it will take good accuracy this week to score well,'' he said.

Gibson will contest the US PGA Web.Com Tour qualifying school later in the year.