It is indeed a magic number. A score of 59 over 18 in a professional golf tournament is not something that happens very often, although it’s what everyone strives towards. Despite the difficulty that most players have reaching the coveted score below 60, Russel Knox carded the second 59 in just a few weeks on the Web.Com tour. His historic round came at the Hillcrest Country Club during the second round of the Albertsons Boise Open.
“That’s the way this stupid game works,” Knox said. “You have a day like yesterday and hit nice putts, and they just don’t go in. Then the following day, they go in.” And go in, they did. Knox carded a 30 over his first nine holes (he played the back nine first) followed up by a 29 on the front. Often times, golfers get out to a hot start and shoot in the low 30s on their first nine holes and follow that with an incredibly disappointing second nine.
Believe it or not, but Knox could have gone even lower. His approach shots and numbers eight and nine were just slightly too far from the pin to get down in one. Had he converted one or both of those attempts, he would have made an even bigger name for himself. As it stands, Knox has a ho-hum 59 to his credit. Must be nice.
Don’t let anyone tell you that when they’re closing in on a sub-60 round that it doesn’t cross their mind. At least Knox was honest. “Quickly I did the math – five holes to go, and I needed three birdies,” he said. “That was the first time I thought about where I stood. Then the next hour or so was a complete blur.”
Congrats to Knox for accomplishing something that doesn’t happen very often. It takes a lot of talent to do what he did today and he should definitely take some time to savor his achievement – after he finishes the next two rounds, of course.