Snedeker sinks final hole birdie for Wyndham 59
American Brandt Snedeker sensationally holed a 20-foot closing hole birdie to join one of the more exclusive clubs in golf in posting a sizzling 11-under 59 on day one of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Snedeker, 37, commenced his round with a 10th hole bogey and then cut a swathe through the field with an eagle and 10 birdies from his fourth to 16th holes.
But the eight-time Tour winner, who captured his maiden Tour title at the 2007 Wyndham Championship at Forest Oaks, nervously missed a birdie putt from six feet at his 17th before the excitement of seeing his 59th shot in the $6m event drop at the last.
Snedneker’s round included just 22 putts.
“To have that putt on the last hole and to know what you are trying to do and that is to step-up there and have a 20-footer and know what it means as I was very aware what was going on, so to knock that putt in was very special,” he said.
“Now to know that I am part of a very small club on Tour, and not many people have done this is a really cool feeling right now.”
Brandt Snedeker (Credit: PGA Tour)
“But after missing the birdie putt on my 17th I had thought there goes my chance to tie Jim Furyk in shooting a 58 so to make that putt on the 18 was very exciting and this is what we play for.”
“There was no way I saw this 59 coming but luckily everything clicked today and to do it here and where I won my first PGA Tour and with Wyndham being my long-term sponsor is pretty nice.”
One of Snedeker’s historic-making shots included ‘slam-dunking’ his second shot for an eagle at the uphill par-4 sixth hole that he was playing as his 15th.
Snedeker’s 176 yard shot severely damaged the hole and officials took the unusual step of cutting a new one a couple of feet away.
Fellow Americans – Ryan Moore and John Oda – share second place with rounds of 63.
Masters winner, Sergio Garcia was the leading European in a 12-way tie for 20th place after birdieing four of his closing nine holes in a round of 66.
USA Ryder Cup captain, Jim Furyk holds the all-time Tour low of a 58 on the final day of the 2016 Travelers Championship while Furyk has also shot a 59.
The full list of Tour players to break 60 include:-
- 58 – Jim Furyk (2016 Travelers Championship)
- 59 – Al Geiberger (1977 Memphis Classic)
- 59 – Chip Beck (1991 Las Vegas Invitational)
- 59 – David Duval (1999 Bob Hope Classic)
- 59 – Paul Goydos (2010 John Deere Classic)
- 59 – Stuart Appleby (2010 Greenbrier Classic)
- 59 – Jim Furyk (2013 BMW Championship)
- 59 – Justin Thomas (2017 Sony Open in Hawaii)
- 59 – Adam Hadwin (2017 CareerBuilder Challenge)
- 59 – Brandt Snedeker (2018 Wyndham Championship)