If it's the year of the pitcher in Major League Baseball, it's definitely the year of the birdie on the PGA Tour. 

Add Stuart Appleby to the list of five players who have shot a 59 in tournament play this year. Appleby birdied the final three holes in Sunday's Greenbrier Classic to put himself in the history books and earn a one-stroke victory (-22). Paul Goydos also shot a 59 this year at the John Deere Classic on July 8, but did not go on to win the tournament. 

The tournament opened with double heart transplant survivor Erik Compton (-4) topping the leader board after day one, and ended with Appleby putting on a birdie show. Appleby was in the midst of a four-year winless drought until Sunday. 

The Australian was able to jump the biggest hurdle that golfers face when in reach of a 59: a mental block. Golfers know the mental game is 80% of the fight and Appleby proved he had the capacity to push back any doubt creeping into his mind - while on the prowl for the win - and achieve his goal. 

What made Appleby's 59 so special was the fact he HAD to shoot such a low score to win the tournament, and he did. Few golfers will ever experience such a final round at a tournament. Jeff Overton, who finished second (-21), didn't enjoy watching history being made Sunday, that's for sure. 

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Predictions Analysis:

Below are my predictions and how they fared compared to real life...

1. Jim Furyk. Actual Finish: T9 (-14)
2. Boo Weekley. Actual Finish: T9 (-14)
3. Erik Compton. Actual Finish: T73 (-4)
4. Davis Love II. Actual Finish: T60 (-8)
5. John Daly. Actual Finish: 77 (E)

Again, don't take my picks to Vegas. If T9 can get you paid in the sports book, I'm your guy. Maybe later this week I'll unveil a new way to make picks for each weeks tournament that aren't based on a wing and a prayer. My guess is that another 59 will be shot before I give you a resounding performance with my picks this year. However, that could mean a good betting day is around the corner. You never know.