Colsaerts misses record-breaking 59 in Portugal by a whisker

Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts came within mere millimetres of becoming the first man in the 42-year history of the European Tour to shoot a sub-60 round in the opening round of the Portugal Masters.

The 31-year-old missed a 20-foot birdie putt at the 18th at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Club on Thursday by a whisker – missing out by a solitary stroke.

He recorded seven birdies in his first 12 holes before sinking eagles on the 15th and 17th.

"Walking down 17, I told my caddie, 'it’s 59 or nothing'," said Colsaerts, adding of his putt: "I managed to make an eagle and then hit a good drive on the 18th. It's too bad it just shaved the edge.”

A round of 60 has been achieved 19 times on the European Tour, with American Peter Uihlein doing so on two occasions in 2013 – as did Scotland’s Scott Jamieson.

As it stands, the latter currently sits three strokes adrift of world No.185 Colsaerts in Portugal, alongside Alexander Levy of France.

Play has been suspended for the day due to rain, with 45 of the 125 players yet to complete their first rounds.