JAKARTA, Indonesia (March 30, 2014) – Another amazing round led to another high professional finish for Oklahoma Christian Athletic Hall of Famer Rhein Gibson on Sunday in the Indonesia PGA Championship.
Starting the day in a tie for 17th, Gibson fired a 10-under-par 62 to climb into a tie for second at 20-under 268 for the tournament, one shot behind Michio Matsumura of Japan. Matsumura needed birdies on his last three holes to beat the sizzling Gibson, who equaled the course record at the 7,160-yard Bumi Serpong Damai course.
The tournament was the opening event on both the Japan Tour and the OneAsia Tour, on which Gibson will play this season after graduating from the OneAsia Q-School and finishing tied for fourth at last year’s Australian Open – a result that also qualified him for this year’s British Open.
The 28-year-old Gibson holds the world record for lowest-ever score in a round of golf, after shooting a 55 in May 2012 at River Oaks Golf Club in Oklahoma City, but Sunday’s round was his career-best score in a sanctioned tournament.
Gibson had an eagle, ten birdies and two bogeys in the round, which was interrupted for nearly three hours by a thunderstorm as he was playing No. 17.
“I had some good yardages and just hit it to within a couple of feet,” he said. “I had some really cheap birdies and that’s what really got me going.”
Gibson, a native of Linsmore, Australia, who now lives in Edmond, is coming off a successful 2013 campaign. Last June, he won the NGA Tour’s Avoca Classic at Scotch Hall Preserve in Windsor, N.C., and followed up in September by winning the Arkansas Open at Burns Park Golf Course in North Little Rock, Ark.
In October, he tied for fourth at the Nanshan China Masters, finishing behind a pair of major winners, Charl Schwartzel and Darren Clarke, before his fourth-place finish at the Australian Open.
Gibson was a four-time NAIA All-America first-team selection (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008) at OC. He won four individual titles – the third-highest total in school history – while helping the Eagles to a pair of runner-up finishes and a pair of third-place team showings at the NAIA Championship.
He won the Oklahoma state amateur title and was named as the Oklahoma state amateur player of the year in 2008.
OC inducted him into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame in January.