BOISE, Idaho — Jason Allred fired an 8-under par 63 to move into contention at the $775,000 Web.com Tour Boise Open on Friday.
The Ashland native had one eagle and seven birdies in his second round at the 6,807-yard, par-71 Hillcrest Country Club. Allred's only blemish on the round was a bogey on the par-3, 13th hole. Allred stands in a five-way tie for ninth place at 11-under par with a 36-hole total of 131 — three shots behind leader Russell Knox.
Allred eagled the par-5, third hole and added three birdies on the front nine. He moved up 35 spots on the leaderboard after a 3-under, 68 in the opening round
Knox shot the fifth 59 in Web.com Tour history, missing a chance to break the tour record when he parred the final two holes.
The 28-year-old Scot had two eagles and eight birdies in his bogey-free round. He made a 7-foot par putt on his final hole, the par-4 ninth.
"I told myself I had no choice but to make this putt," Knox said. "Missing wasn't an option. I'd convinced myself that I'd already made it. It was right in the middle. Never in doubt."
Knox is the second Web.com Tour player in two weeks to shoot 59, following Will Wilcox in the Utah Championship. Notah Begay III had a 59 in the 1998 Dominion Open, Doug Dunakey accomplished the feat in the 1998 Miami Valley Open and Jason Gore did it in the 2005 Cox Classic.
Knox had a one-stroke lead at 13 over.
At Oakville, Ontario, Hunter Mahan birdied the final three holes for an 8-under 64 and a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Canadian Open.
Coming off a ninth-place tie last week in the British Open, the five-time PGA Tour winner had eight birdies in his bogey-free round at Glen Abbey to reach 13-under 131.
John Merrick was second after a 62. He tied the course record set by Leonard Thompson in 1981 and matched by Andy Bean in 1983 — both when Glen Abbey played to a par of 71 — and Greg Norman in 1986. Merrick had an eagle and 10 birdies, playing the back nine in 6-under 31.
Bubba Watson was 9 under after a 67. Aaron Baddeley and Patrick Reed shot 68 to reach 8 under, and Tommy Gainey (64), Chris Kirk (69) and James Hahn (68) followed at 7 under.
Mike Weir was the top Canadian, following his opening 73 with a 67 to move into a tie for 26th at 4 under.
Senior British Open
At Southport, England, American Mark Wiebe shot at 5-under 65 at Royal Birkdale for a share of the lead with Germany's Bernhard Langer after the second round of the Senior British Open.
Langer, the 2010 champion at Carnoustie, had a 67 to match Wiebe at 5-under 135.
South Africa's David Frost was a stroke back after a 68. First-round leader Gene Sauers had a 70 join Peter Fowler (69) and Mark McNulty (67) at 3 under.
At Moscow, Sweden's Rikard Karlberg shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead in the Russian Open.