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News // Brandon Harkins finds the zone, shoots 28 at Pebble Beach (golfweek.usatoday.com)

Brandon Harkins may have shot one of the least-talked about best nines of golf of the year.

The 35-year-old Northern California native shot 28 on the back nine at famed Pebble Beach Golf Links in the Pebble Beach Invitational on Thursday. We repeat: 20-frigging-eight! He did so by reeling off eight straight birdies beginning at No. 11. Now, that is golfing your ball.

On a cold, windy day, Harkins got up and down for a ho-hum par at No. 10, his first hole of the 72-hole tournament, before the fireworks began. As he described it, he made a couple birdies and then a couple more.

“The amateur team in my group was like, ‘That’s four in a row.’ I was thinking, ‘Yeah, I guess you’re right.’ Then I made a couple more and they said, ‘Jeez, that’s six in a row.’ Then they stopped talking about it,” Harkins recalled in a phone interview. “When we made the turn, I could hear them whispering, ‘That’s eight in a row.’ I was like, ‘Guys, you can talk all you want….

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