08/16 17:39 CDT 'Really cool feeling': Brandt Snedeker shoots 59 at Wyndham
'Really cool feeling': Brandt Snedeker shoots 59 at Wyndham
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) --- Brandt Snedeker predicted low scores at the Wyndham
Championship --- but not this low.
Snedeker shot an 11-under 59 on Thursday, falling one shot shy of matching the
PGA Tour record.
He made a 20-foot putt on his final hole to become the 10th player in tour
history to break 60. Jim Furyk set the record with a 58 in the final round of
the Travelers Championship in 2016.
"I better be smiling," Snedeker said. "I don't do this every day."
This is the third consecutive year the PGA Tour has had a sub-60 round.
Snedeker is the first to shoot 59 since Adam Hadwin in the third round of the
2017 Careerbuilder Challenge.
It gave him a four-stroke lead after one round. Ryan Moore and John Oda shot
63s, and Martin Flores, D.A. Points, Brett Stegmaier, David Hearn, Abraham
Ancer, Ollie Schniederjans and Jonathan Byrd had 64s.
Snedeker --- who said a day earlier that the tournament would turn into a
"birdie-fest" --- began the round at par-70 Sedgefield Country Club with a
bogey at No. 10, and took off from there. He played the front nine in 27,
including an eagle 2 on the par-4 sixth hole when he holed out from 176 yards.
After that shot, Snedeker said a 59 felt like a real possibility. He remembered
a non-tour event he played in China in which he was one putt from that score,
but those thoughts "got in the way."
"To know what you're trying to do and step up and have a 20-footer (on the
final hole) and know what it means, I was very aware of what was going on, and
to knock that putt in was really special," Snedeker said. "To know I'm a part
of a small club on tour and not very many people have done this, really cool
feeling right now."
Snedeker, the 2012 FedEx Cup champion, won the Wyndham in 2007. He broke Si Woo
Kim's 2-year-old Wyndham record of 60 and had the best opening round in this
event's history. Arjun Atwal had a 61 in 2010.
"The trick for him is, he's playing great. Now he's just got to rest, relax and
start over tomorrow from scratch and go play three more good rounds," said
Furyk, who also shot a 59 at the BMW Championship in 2013. "It's awesome to
It's been a somewhat frustrating, turbulent year for Snedeker. He has three
top-10 finishes and two missed cuts in his last seven events and has not won on
tour since 2016. During his first 16 tournaments of the season, he finished in
the top 10 just once.
"Nobody could see this coming --- trust me," Snedeker said. "As much as I tried
to positive self-talk myself into playing good, I didn't see 59 coming today,
to be honest with you. ... Luckily, it kind of clicked all day today, and
hopefully it will keep clicking for the next three days."
At No. 80 on the points list entering the final event of the tour's regular
season, he's nowhere near the playoff bubble and his spot at The Northern Trust
next week in New Jersey seems safe. But that ranking is his lowest since the
tour's postseason format debuted in 2007.
During his tie for 42nd at the PGA Championship last week in St. Louis,
Snedeker says he "kind of found something" when he simplified some swing
fundamentals and began to feel better about that part of his game.
Then, he spent the first round showing it off.
Snedeker, who began his round on the back nine, reeled off four consecutive
birdies on Nos. 13-16. He then got even hotter on his final nine holes, with
six birdies in addition to the shot of the day on No. 6. But he missed a 3-foot
birdie putt on No. 8 that would have made a 58 possible.
"Could have been even more special," he said, "but happy with the way
everything turned out."
Moore, who won here in 2009, made a move up the leaderboard in the afternoon
with five birdies in a six-hole span on the front nine. Oda, a second-year pro
coming off a tie for third earlier this month in the Barracuda Championship,
had three consecutive birdies on the back nine to pull even with Moore.
"You see a round like (Snedeker's) and maybe kind of encourage you there's
birdies out there, that the course is playing scorable and there's rounds to be
had," Moore said. "I kind of took that mindset of, well, better get out there
and make some birdies if you don't want to be 10, 11 shots behind by the end of
this day. Like, let's try and close that gap a little bit."