Collins just misses 59 at Utah Championship
Chad Collins started his day by shooting 9-under 27 on the back nine at the par-71 Willow Creek Country Club in the second round of the Web.com Tour's Utah Championship.
Two birdies and five pars later, Collins needed to birdie one of the last two holes of the day to shoot 59.
Collins missed the 17th green with his approach but made a sand save for par. He found the 18th fairway, then found the front of the green to give himself a putt for the sport's hallmark score.
His birdie attempt missed low and finished hole high, about a foot and a half right. A tap-in for par – Collins' sixth straight to end the round – gave the Indianan a second-round 60.
"I had some fairly decent opportunities, but 20-footers, 15-20 footers are tough to make," Collins said. "I did it early on, but over a period of time it's going to wear on you. It's hard to do it. Fifty-nine's hard to do, there's not been very many of them."
At 16 under, Collins has a two-shot lead over Brian Prouty, who has three holes to play.
Four golfers have shot 62 today: Alex Cejka, Ashley Hall, Jamie Lovemark and Peter Tomasulo. Lovemark, at 13 under for the week, is the highest of them at T-3 alongside Adam Hadwin.
The other two golfers to card a nine-hole score of 27 on the Web.com Tour, Notah Begay III and Doug Dunakey, went on to post a 59, according to the PGA Tour. Jason Gore also has shot 59 on the Web.com Tour.
Collins had made five of 13 cuts on the Web.com Tour this season, earning $43,545.
"I'm going to try to keep doing what I'm doing," he told the Golf Channel. "It's going to be tough to come back from a round like that – you pretty much have to try to forget about it, hard as that is to do.