Gore Fires Magical 59


Nationwide TourOMAHA, Neb. -- Jason Gore, who became famous when he played in the final group on Sunday at this year's U.S. Open, became the third player in Nationwide Tour history to shoot a 59 when he posted the magical number in Friday's second round of the Cox Classic.
'That was pretty cool, wasn't it?' asked Gore. 'It was a good day. I was trying to get a decent round in after playing so shabby yesterday. I thought, 'this is cool stuff.''
Gore's round at the par-71 Champions Run course consisted of nine birdies, a single bogey and two eagles. He was 10-under par with the driveable par-four ninth to play.
He knocked a drive on the green at the hole, then sank the 20-footer for eagle and the magical 59.
Gore joined Notah Begay III and Doug Dunakey as the only Nationwide Tour members to fire a 59. Begay carded the score at The Dominion Open in 1998 at Dominion Golf Club. Dunakey shot the number later that same year at the Miami Valley Open at Heatherwoode Golf Club.
Al Geiberger was the first player to record a sub-60 round at Colonial Country Club in 1977. Chip Beck turned the trick at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational at the Sunrise Golf Club. David Duval was the third member of the PGA Tour to accomplish the feat during the final round of the 1999 Bob Hope on the PGA West course.
Annika Sorenstam is the only LPGA Tour player to have ever shot 59. She did it in the second round of the 2001 Standard Register PING tournament.
Gore rose to prominence at this year's U.S. Open when he was three behind with one round to go at Pinehurst No. 2. He was paired with two-time former champion Retief Goosen on Sunday, but things did not go well for Gore. He struggled to a 14-over-par 84 and dropped all the way to a tie for 49th at plus-14.
Gore acquired legions of new fans as the underdog, but more importantly, gained confidence in his game. He won back-to-back titles on the Nationwide Tour, the Pete Dye Classic and Scholarship America Showdown, and if he can earn one more win on that circuit, he would receive an automatic 'battlefield promotion' to the PGA Tour.
Related Links:
  • Gore's Scorecard
  • Full Field Scores - Cox Classic
  • Full Coverage - Cox Classic