Knox matches Tour record with 59


For the second time in three weeks, a player has carded golf's magic number on the Tour.

Two weeks after Will Wilcox fired a 59 at the Utah Championship, Russell Knox pulled off the feat Friday in the second round of the Albertson's Boise Open, moving into the lead after a 12-under round of 59 at Hillcrest Country Club.

Knox, who has split his time this year between the PGA and tours, started his round in quiet fashion, playing his first five holes in just 1 under. From there, though, the Scot went on a tear, playing the next 11 holes in 11 under during a stretch that included as many eagles as pars (two each). Knox was 12 under with two holes to play and was able to close with a pair of pars to match the lowest score ever shot in a Tour event.

The round breaks the previous course record of 61 at Hillcrest, a par-71 layout that is playing 6,698 yards for this week's event.

Still in search of his first top-10 finish this season on either tour, Knox held a one-shot advantage at 14-under 128 when he completed his second round. The 28-year-old's best finish this year on the PGA Tour is a tie for 13th at the Travelers Championship last month, while his best Tour finish this season was a T-12 result at the Mexico Championship in May.

Knox's round marks just the fifth 59 shot in Tour history; in addition to Wilcox earlier this month, Jason Gore carded the ultra-low score in 2005, while Doug Dunakey and Notah Begay III each shot a 59 during the 1998 season.

Scorecard from Russell Knox