Just two weeks after Will Wilcox posted a 59 at Web.com Tour’s Utah Championship, Russell Knox matched the feat at Hillcrest Country Club in the second round of the Albertsons Boise Open.
The 28-year-old Scotland native, who started on no. 10, kicked off his round with a birdie, then jumped on that awful par train for four holes, before playing the last four holes four-under. After making the turn, he made an eagle on no. 2, followed by five consecutive birdies. From holes 15-7, he was 11-under. Here’s a screenshot of his scorecard:
Knox told Garry Smits of the Florida Times-Union that he felt he was due for a low round, but certainly not *that* number:
”You don’t ever feel a 59 coming,” the native of Inverness Scotland told the Times-Union in a phone interview. “But I felt a good round coming. I pictured myself playing well this week.”
Knox had a 69 in the first round and is 14-under-par 128 entering the weekend. His instincts were pretty good, because his 59 gave him 11 rounds in his last 12, on both the Web.com Tour and PGA Tour, in which he’s broken 70.
“I’ve been happy with the way I’ve been playing for a few months,” he said. “I’ve really believed something good will happen.”
Knox became the fifth player in the history of the Web.com Tour to shoot 59. At the halfway mark in Boise, Knox holds a one-shot lead at 14-under over Jamie Lovemark, Hunter Haas and Bronson La’Cassie.
Just to throw this out there: A 59 will always be an incredible feat, but will we ever reach a point where it’s not that special because it’s happening more often? Is 59 the new 61? Two players pulling it off in the last two weeks is probably a one-off, but I’m curious to hear your thoughts.