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.
'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-4 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 is in third place at 12-under-par 130, three behind Mills and one down to Roger Tambellini, who posted an 8-under 63 on Friday.
For most of the second round, it looked like Mills would be the player who was going to break 60.
He began on the back nine Friday and collected four birdies and an eagle. Mills birdied four holes in a row from the second, then dropped a shot at the par-5 sixth that derailed his chances at 59.
Mills birdied the seventh and parred No. 8. He needed an eagle at the ninth, the same hole Gore eagled for his 59, but only managed birdie and a round of 60.
'I definitely wanted to shoot 59,' admitted Mills, who won the Canadian PGA Championship two weeks ago. 'I thought about it when I birdied the fourth hole because I knew I had some good chances coming in.'
Mills is playing some outstanding golf in the last month. He has three top- 5s in July, including the win in Canada.
'I've been playing well the last little stretch,' said Mills, who needed only 21 putts on Friday. 'When the putter is on, I'm going to shoot some low scores.'
Scott Petersen shot a 6-under 65 and is alone in fourth place at minus-11. Steve Larick posted a 4-under 67 and has sole possession of fifth at 10-under-par 132.
Greg Chalmers (65), Jason Schultz (67), Jin Park (66), Jason Dufner (64), Jeremy Anderson (66) and Steve LeBrun (66) are knotted in sixth place at minus-9.
Chad Collins, the first-round leader, managed an even-par 71 and is tied for 12th at 8-under-par 134.
The 36-hole cut came at 4-under-par 138 and 60 players made it to the weekend