U.S. Open fan favorite Gore shoots 59 on Nationwide
by Associated Press
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - U.S. Open fan favorite Jason Gore shot a 12-under 59 Friday in the second round of the Nationwide Tour's Cox Classic, becoming the third golfer to accomplish the feat on the developmental tour.
Gore started on the back nine and had five birdies for a 31 at the turn. After a bogey at the par-5 first, he went on to post two eagles and four birdies for a 28 on the second nine at the 6,966-yard, par-71 Champions Run course. He moved into third place, three shots behind leader Jon Mills, who was at 15 under after an 11-under 60.
"That was pretty cool, wasn't it?" Gore said after making a 20-foot eagle putt on the final hole. "I didn't even know, to tell you the truth. I forgot it was a par-71 this year. It was a good day to say the least.
"I was just trying to throw myself somewhere so I could just see the shadows of the leaders. I was trying to get a decent round in after playing so shabby yesterday."
A two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour this year, Gore tied the tour record set by Notah Begay in 1998 and matched by Doug Dunakey later that same season.
Al Geiberger (1977), Chip Beck (1991) and David Duval (1999) have shot 59s in competition on the PGA Tour, and Annika Sorenstam broke 60 on the LPGA Tour in 2001. Olin Brown also carded a 59 in U.S. Open qualifying earlier this summer, and Phil Mickelson had a 59 last Nov. 24 at the PGA Grand Slam.
Gore is a two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour this year, and on July 17 became the first golfer on the tour to win consecutive events twice. With a third win on the Nationwide Tour, Gore would receive an immediate promotion to the PGA Tour.
"I'm trying to become a better player," the 31-year-old Gore said. "I'm just trying to learn something from each week. You're always a student in this game."