Russell Knox shoots 59 in Albertsons Boise Open

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Russell Knox became the fifth player to shoot a 59 on the Tour.
By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 | 6:07 p.m.

For the second time in two weeks, a Tour event has produced a 59. This time it is Russell Knox, who carded a 12-under 59 in the second round of the Albertsons Boise Open today. His low-low score follows Will Wilcox's 12-under 59 at the Utah Championship on July 15.

The weirdest thing about Knox's 59 is that it came so soon after Wilcox's. I say that because the first two 59s in Tour history both occurred in a two-week span in 1998, when Doug Dunakey and Notah Begay III did it. Aside from those four, there has been only one other 59 in the circuit's history – from Jason Gore in 2005, almost perfectly spaced bwetween 1998 and 2013.

Knox started on the 10th hole at 6,807-yard, par-71 Hillcrest Country Club on Friday, and birdied it. After four pars, he went birdie-eagle-birdie on Nos. 15-17, then parred the 18th hole for an outward 30. He began his second nine with a par and an eagle, then made five straight birdies on Nos. 3-7. Two final pars gave him a 7-under 29 and a 59 total. And if you're counting, that's an 11-under stretch of 11 holes in the middle of his round.

Knox, a 28-year-old from Inverness, Scotland, has won $50,536 in eight starts this season to rank No. 71 on the money list. He's also made 7 cuts in 10 starts on the PGA Tour this year.

UPDATE: Here's an interesting fact from the folks at Cleveland and Srixon -- both Knox and Wilcox shot their 59s using brand-new models of the Srixon Z-Star ball with Spin Skin. Wilcox used a Tour Yellow ball, while Knox used a Pure White model. This new generation of Z-Star balls will be available at retail on August 8.

Here is the list of the sub-60 scores in official events on the world's top-level tours that Knox has joined:

Ryo Ishikawa (-12), 2010 Japan Golf Tour, The Crowns in Aichi, Japan 

Al Geiberger (-13), 1977 PGA Tour, Danny Thomas Memphis Classic in Memphis Tenn.
Chip Beck (-13), 1991 PGA Tour, Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.
David Duval (-13), 1999 PGA Tour, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.
Paul Goydos (-12), 2010 PGA Tour, John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.
Stuart Appleby (-11), 2010 PGA Tour, Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphus Springs, W.Va.

Annika Sorenstam (-13), 2001 LPGA Tour, Standard Register Ping in Phoenix, Ariz.

Notah Begay III (-13), 1998 Nike Tour, Dominion Open in Richmond, Va.
Doug Dunakey (-11), 1998 Nike Tour, Miami Valley Open in Springboro, Ohio
Jason Gore (-12), 2005 Nike Tour, Cox Classic in Omaha, Neb.
Will Wilcox (-12), 2013 Tour, Utah Championship in Sandy, Utah
Russell Knox (-12) 2013 Tour, Albertsons Boise Open in Boise, Idaho

Masahiro Kuramoto (-12), 2003 Japan Golf Tour, Acom International in Ibaraki, Japan  

Adrien Mork (-12), 2006 European Challenge Tour, Tikita Hotels Agadir Moroccan Classic in Agadir, Morocco