GREENSBORO, N.C. — Brandt Snedeker, regardless of making a bogey on his first gap of the day, made a birdie on the final to develop into simply the 10th golfer in PGA Tour historical past to interrupt golf’s magic variety of 60, carding an 11-under 59 on the Wyndham Championship on Thursday.
Snedeker started the primary spherical with a bogey 5 on the par-Four 10th, his first gap of the spherical. That was the one blemish on his scorecard at Sedgefield Nation Membership as he added 10 birdies and an eagle the remainder of the best way.
He joined golf’s unique membership by making a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 9 — his ultimate gap of the day.
“To step up there and have a 20-footer and know what it means; I am very conscious of what was happening,” Snedeker stated. “I knocked that putt in. It was actually particular to know I am a part of a small membership on tour. Not many individuals have executed this. It is a actually cool feeling proper now.”
Snedeker was the ninth completely different participant to shoot 59 or higher on the PGA Tour — Jim Furyk did it twice, together with a report 58 in 2016 — however the first to do it after beginning his spherical with a bogey. Snedeker is also the fourth PGA Tour participant to interrupt 60 previously three years; there have been solely 4 to do it within the earlier 24 years.
“I thought of . I do not understand how you would not,” Snedeker stated of his mindset in the course of the spherical. “… I had an opportunity at 59 taking part in in China … and I had a putt on the final gap for a 59, and I stored attempting to push it from my thoughts, push it from my thoughts, and [the thought] simply form of received in the best way.
“I stated, ‘You understand what? You have to embrace it. You have to need to do it.’ And I used to be standing on eight tee [Thursday], saying, ‘You are by no means going to have a greater alternative than this. … Get it executed.'”
He birdied 4 holes in a row on his entrance 9 for a 32. Snedeker then went on a roll, taking part in the entrance 9 in 27, together with an eagle 2 on the par-Four sixth gap when he holed out from 176 yards.
Taking pictures 58 additionally was a risk. Snedeker missed a Three-foot birdie putt on No. eight.
“Might have been much more particular,” he stated, “however pleased with the best way every thing turned out.”
That is the third consecutive yr that the PGA Tour has had a sub-60 spherical. Snedeker is the primary to shoot 59 since Adam Hadwin within the third spherical of the 2017 Careerbuilder Problem.
Snedeker, the 2012 FedEx Cup champion, gained the Wyndham in 2007, and he stated Wednesday that the match would flip right into a “birdie-fest.”
He was proper, however even he might by no means have predicted how low he would go.
“I higher be smiling,” Snedeker stated. “I do not do that each day.”
Snedeker broke Si Woo Kim’s 2-year-old Wyndham report of 60 and had the very best opening spherical on this occasion’s historical past. Arjun Atwal had a 61 in 2010.
It has been a considerably irritating, turbulent yr for Snedeker. He has three top-10 finishes and two missed cuts in his final seven occasions and has not gained on tour since 2016. Throughout his first 16 tournaments of the season, he completed within the high 10 simply as soon as.
“No one might see this coming — belief me,” Snedeker stated. “As a lot as I attempted to constructive self-talk myself into taking part in good, I did not see 59 coming at present, to be trustworthy with you. … Fortunately, it form of clicked all day at present, and hopefully it’ll preserve clicking for the subsequent three days.”
ESPN Stats & Info and The Related Press contributed to this report.