Will Wilcox said he wasn't very nervous standing over the 6-foot putt he needed to drop to shoot 59. 'I don’t know why, although I think it has to do with the fact I’ve been practicing hard and working hard so it was a situation I had prepared for,' he told PGATour.com after Sunday's final round of the Utah Championship.
'Maybe I hadn’t prepared to shoot a 59, but I had prepared to make putts under pressure. Shooting 59 is huge, obviously and it’s something every golfer dreams of.'
Wilcox, 27, from Birmingham, Ala., became the fourth player in Web.com Tour history to shoot 59, joining Doug Dunakey, Notah Begay III and Jason Gore. The 59 pulled Wilcox into a three-way tie for third, one shot out of the two-man playoff won by Steven Alker. Also in the third-place group was Chad Collins, who on Saturday missed a putt for a 59.
Starting his round on the 10th hole of Willow Creek Country Club in Sandy, Utah, Wilcox came out of the gate with four consecutive birdies, 'and that’s the way I like to begin a day,' he said. 'I just felt confident with what I was doing, and I was pretty relaxed.'
With an eagle on the par-5 17th and a par on the par-3 18th, Wilcox turned in 29 and began to attract more spectators and Golf Channel TV cameras. 'I haven’t really gotten much TV time out here, but even the cameras didn’t bother me,' he said. 'I was hitting it fine, so the added attention wasn’t a big deal.'
He said the only time he became nervous was after missing a short birdie putt on his 16th hole. 'When I missed that short one on 16, I was nervous because I had 3 feet coming back for par,' he said. 'I also knew I needed to bury the putt on 17 to give myself a chance at 59 on my closing hole. But I made it, and that set me up for the finish.'
On his final hole, Wilcox hit a 7-iron off the tee and a wedge for his approach. 'That’s a pretty nice combination,' he said. 'If you can’t hit the fairway with a 7-iron, I don’t know what to tell you. I hit the fairway, and then it was a front-left pin. So it was the perfect number for me with a wedge in my hand. I had perfect numbers all day. It was awesome.'
Wilcox, who has one win this year – the South Georgia Classic – and stands sixth on the Web.com Tour money list, said that in the euphoria afterward, he almost gave away the golf ball he used for the final putt. 'The media official told me to put it in my pocket,' he said.