Boise Open playing partners welcome Russell Knox to exclusive '59 Club'

Will Wilcox and Jason Gore, the last two Tour players to shoot a 59 before Knox's performance Friday, played together during the second round.

clangrill@idahostatesman.comJuly 27, 2013 

— What are the odds?

On the same day Russell Knox shot a 59 in the second round of the Boise Open, two notable players were paired together: Jason Gore and Will Wilcox.

Knox was the fifth player in the 24-year history of the Tour to shoot a 59. The previous two? Gore and Wilcox.

"But (Gore) got to defend his for seven years," Wilcox said. "Mine was for two weeks. We laughed about that."

It's an elite club, but Gore and Wilcox were happy to welcome Knox into the exclusive fraternity.

"Russell's a good buddy," said Wilcox, who shot his 59 at the Utah Championship on July 14. "I'm extremely happy for him."

Jason Gore shot his 59 in 2005 at the Cox Classic in Omaha, Neb., so he's had a few years to have fun with his legendary score.

"When you get in the car I set the air conditioner to 59 degrees," said Gore, who finished Friday at 7-under, as did Wilcox. "Anytime you're buying something and it comes up $7.59, you're like, 'OK, that's kind of cool.' "

In the end, though, Gore was a little taken aback by the back-to-back 59s this July.

"What are you gonna do? I saw (Knox) in the locker room and gave him a high-five," Gore said. "It's not like I can teach him the secret handshake or something. … Heck of a round of golf."

Chris Langrill: 377-6424

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