COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Steve Wheatcoft birdied the final five holes for an 11-under 60 on Friday in the Nationwide Tour’s Melwood Prince George’s County Open, missing a chance for a 59 when his 22-foot eagle putt from the fringe on No. 18 curled right and settled about 15 inches from the hole
The 33-year-old former Indiana player had a 16-under 126 total on the University of Maryland Golf Course to take a seven-stroke lead over Greg Owen (68).
“You don’t get a shot at 59 very often. It’s the magic number,” Wheatcroft said.
Notah Begay III (1998 Dominion Open), Doug Dunakey (1998 Miami Valley Open) and Jason Gore (2005 Cox Classic) are the only players to shoot 59 in Nationwide Tour history.