Brandt Snedeker started off his opening round at the Wyndham Championship with a bogey on the par-4 10th, not a start you wish for a day like this when he tore down the Sedgefield Country Club, North Carolina with a 59. His round consisted of four back to back birdies from 13th through 16th, three consecutive birdies from 1st to 3rd, birdies on 5th and 7th, which had an eagle stop on the par-4 6th from 176 yards.
HISTORY!@BrandtSnedeker joins this list of players who have shot sub-60 rounds on TOUR:
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 16, 2018
The American recovered from a bogey on the 10th, his opening hole, to card 10 birdies and an eagle at Sedgefield Country Club and get to 11 under, four shots clear of countrymen Ryan Moore and John Oda.
Snedeker carded four birdies in a row from the 13th to reach the turn in 32 and picked up four more shots in the first five holes on the front nine before holing his second shot to the sixth for an eagle two.
The 37-year-old’s approach from 176 yards flew straight into the cup with such force that it damaged the hole and forced tournament officials to cut a new hole a foot away, but it had no effect on the world number 88’s concentration.
He surely had a chance to join Jim Furyk who stands at 58, as only the first guy to make it, but missed it with a stroke. Furyk’s 58 was the first one in the history of PGA Tour but joined him with the ranks of Jason Bohn (Mackenzie Tour, 2001), Ryo Ishikawa (Japan Tour, 2003) and Stephan Jaeger (Web.com Tour, 2016), making him only the fourth to break 59. He still is the only one to post sub-60 rounds twice, earlier he posted a 59 in the third round of the BMW Championship in 2013.
In his post-round interview Snedeker said: “I was pretty upset (after the eighth) because I knew you’re not going to have many good looks to shoot 59.”
“I kept telling myself after I birdied number seven, I’ve shot 60 out here before in China one year; you do this to shoot 59 so quit worrying about it and hit two fairways, give yourself two good looks (at birdie) and make one of the putts.
“Unfortunately I left myself one of the hardest four-footers you can have, a downhill right-to-lefter and I didn’t hit a great putt.
“I kept telling myself on nine, I don’t care if you four-putt, three-putt, but do not leave this putt short and luckily it held in there and went right in the middle. What a cool day.
“I just had a feeling I was going to do it, didn’t want to try to shy away from it at all. Last time I shot 60 I had a chance on the last two holes and kind of shied away from it and today I wasn’t going to do that.
“I found something on the back nine and started hitting a bunch of great iron shots and those days are fun. It’s why we play in practice and put all this time in to have days like this.
“If you had seen me yesterday, you would have said there is no way I’m probably going to make the cut, let alone shoot 59. It’s probably why I love golf so much, you never know what you’re going to get when you show up.”