PGA Tour

Wyndham Championship 2018

August 16-19

Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina

$6,000,000

August 16-19

Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina

$6,000,000

Round 1

Brandt Snedeker fires 59 to take 1st round lead

August 16, 2018

Brandt Snedeker became only the ninth golfer in US PGA Tour history to fire a 59 on Thursday, his 11-under effort putting him in the lead in the first round of the Wyndham Championship.

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Snedeker rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt at his final hole, the par-4 ninth, to join one of golf's most exclusive clubs.

"To roll that putt in was such a cool feeling," said Snedeker, whose 10 birdies, six pars and one eagle virtually erased any memory of an opening bogey at the 10th hole.

"I got so excited, goosebumps ... jumping around like I won the golf tournament and it's Thursday morning," Snedeker said. "I'll have to get the emotions in check this afternoon, get back to reality."

Snedeker finished with a four-shot lead over Ryan Moore and John Oda at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.

He improved on his career best of 61 -- which he has shot three times on tour -- and came up one shot shy of Jim Furyk's record low of 58 for a single PGA Tour round, achieved at the 2016 Travelers Championship.

The 37-year-old American, whose most recent of eight PGA triumphs came in 2016 at Torrey Pines, made an inauspicious start when he went way left off the 10th tee beyond a cart path on his way to an opening bogey.

Snedeker turned things around with 26-foot birdie putts at the par-4 13th and 14th holes, missed a 30-foot eagle putt at the par-5 15th but tapped in for birdie, then completed a run of four consecutive birdies with a 14-foot putt at the par-3 16th.

He ran off three birdies in a row after making the turn, all from within 5 1/2 feet, and sandwiched two more short birdie putts at the par-5 fifth and par-3 seventh around his greatest shot of them all: a hole out from 176 yards out in the fairway for eagle at the sixth.

"After I birdied seven, my 16th hole of the day, I knew I was 10 (under) with two to play," he said. "I had two great birdie opportunities, two short par-fours with wedges in your hand, so I told myself 'I'm going to do it. I'm going to shoot 59.'"

But at the par-4 eighth, Snedeker missed a six-foot birdie putt and tapped in for par.

"Walking to the ninth tee I kept telling myself "I cannot let this opportunity get out of my hands," he said, and he didn't.

"To step up and have a 20-footer (at the final hole) and know what it means, when I knocked that putt in it was really special to know that I'm part of a small club on tour," he said.

The 59 broke the course and tournament record of 60 set in 2016 by South Korea's Kim Si-woo.

Snedeker also fired the first sub-60 round to open with a bogey.

It was the US PGA's first 59 since Canada's Adam Hadwin at last year's Careerbuilder Challenge.

Other 59s were fired by Al Geiberger in 1977, Chip Beck in 1991, David Duval in 1999, Paul Goydos in 2010, Australian Stuart Appleby in 2010, Furyk in 2013 and Justin Thomas in 2017.

Only five players have gone on to win the tournament in which they shot 59, and Snedeker knew he had work to remain on top come Sunday.

Behind Moore and Oda, seven players were tied on 64 and a group of nine on 65 included US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk.

"The hardest thing to do in golf is follow up a great round," Snedeker said. "I'm very aware there's a lot of golf left. This means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of this golf tournament."

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-11
59
T2
John Oda
USA
-7
63
T2
Ryan Moore
USA
-7
63
T4
Abraham Ancer
USA
-6
64
T4
Brett Stegmaier
USA
-6
64
T4
D. A. Points
USA
-6
64
T4
David Hearn
CAN
-6
64
T4
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-6
64
T4
Martin Flores
USA
-6
64
T4
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-6
64
T11
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-5
65
T11
Brice Garnett
USA
-5
65
T11
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-5
65
T11
Corey Conners
CAN
-5
65
T11
Jim Furyk
USA
-5
65
T11
Keith Mitchell
USA
-5
65
T11
Nick Taylor
CAN
-5
65
T11
Ryan Armour
USA
-5
65
T11
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-5
65
T20
Billy Horschel
USA
-4
66
T20
Denny McCarthy
USA
-4
66
T20
Harold Varner III
USA
-4
66
T20
Harris English
USA
-4
66
T20
Jamie Lovemark
USA
-4
66
T20
Jason Dufner
USA
-4
66
T20
Michael Thompson
USA
-4
66
T20
Peter Malnati
USA
-4
66
T20
Ricky Barnes
USA
-4
66
T20
Sam Saunders
USA
-4
66
T20
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-4
66
T20
Webb Simpson
USA
-4
66
T32
Alex Cejka
GER
-3
67
T32
Brian Davis
ENG
-3
67
T32
Cameron Percy
AUS
-3
67
T32
Dylan Meyer
USA
-3
67
T32
Hudson Swafford
USA
-3
67
T32
Kevin Tway
USA
-3
67
T32
Ryan Blaum
USA
-3
67
T32
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
-3
67
T32
Scott Stallings
USA
-3
67
T32
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-3
67
T32
Tommy Gainey
USA
-3
67
T32
Trey Mullinax
USA
-3
67
T32
Zac Blair
USA
-3
67
T45
Andrew Yun
USA
-2
68
T45
Billy Hurley III
USA
-2
68
T45
Blayne Barber
USA
-2
68
T45
Chad Campbell
USA
-2
68
T45
Chesson Hadley
USA
-2
68
T45
Danny Lee
NZL
-2
68
T45
Doc Redman
USA
-2
68
T45
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-2
68
T45
Doug Ghim
USA
-2
68
T45
Ernie Els
RSA
-2
68
T45
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-2
68
T45
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-2
68
T45
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-2
68
T45
Ken Duke
USA
-2
68
T45
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-2
68
T45
Matthew Every
USA
-2
68
T45
Norman Xiong
USA
-2
68
T45
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-2
68
T45
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-2
68
T45
Richy Werenski
USA
-2
68
T45
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-2
68
T45
Russell Henley
USA
-2
68
T45
Scott Brown
USA
-2
68
T45
Shawn Stefani
USA
-2
68
T45
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
-2
68
T45
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-2
68
T45
Wesley Bryan
USA
-2
68
T45
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
-2
68
T73
Adam Schenk
USA
-1
69
T73
Bill Haas
USA
-1
69
T73
Carl Pettersson
SWE
-1
69
T73
Chris Kirk
USA
-1
69
T73
Conrad Shindler
USA
-1
69
T73
David Lingmerth
SWE
-1
69
T73
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-1
69
T73
J. J. Henry
USA
-1
69
T73
James Driscoll
USA
-1
69
T73
Jason Kokrak
USA
-1
69
T73
Jonas Blixt
SWE
-1
69
T73
Lanto Griffin
USA
-1
69
T73
Martin Laird
SCO
-1
69
T73
Mickey DeMorat
USA
-1
69
T73
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
-1
69
T73
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-1
69
T73
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
-1
69
T73
Shane Bertsch
USA
-1
69
T73
Shane Lowry
IRL
-1
69
T73
Stuart Appleby
AUS
-1
69
T73
T. J. Vogel
USA
-1
69
T73
Tom Hoge
USA
-1
69
T73
William McGirt
USA
-1
69
T96
Ben Crane
USA
Par
70
T96
Brendan Steele
USA
Par
70
T96
Brian Gay
USA
Par
70
T96
Daniel Berger
USA
Par
70
T96
Graeme McDowell
NIR
Par
70
T96
Grayson Murray
USA
Par
70
T96
Hunter Mahan
USA
Par
70
T96
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
Par
70
T96
John Huh
USA
Par
70
T96
Johnson Wagner
USA
Par
70
T96
Martin Piller
USA
Par
70
T96
Matt Jones
AUS
Par
70
T96
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
Par
70
T96
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
Par
70
T96
Nick Watney
USA
Par
70
T96
Rob Oppenheim
USA
Par
70
T96
Scott Piercy
USA
Par
70
T96
Steve Stricker
USA
Par
70
T96
Stewart Jolly
USA
Par
70
T96
Tyler Duncan
USA
Par
70
T116
Andres Romero
ARG
1
71
T116
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
1
71
T116
Brendon de Jonge
ZIM
1
71
T116
Bronson Burgoon
USA
1
71
T116
Cameron Tringale
USA
1
71
T116
Chris Stroud
USA
1
71
T116
Davis Love III
USA
1
71
T116
Derek Fathauer
USA
1
71
T116
J. T. Poston
USA
1
71
T116
Jason Bohn
USA
1
71
T116
John Merrick
USA
1
71
T116
Jonathan Randolph
USA
1
71
T116
Julian Suri
USA
1
71
T116
Parker McLachlin
USA
1
71
T116
Peter Uihlein
USA
1
71
T116
Retief Goosen
RSA
1
71
T116
Robert Garrigus
USA
1
71
T116
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
1
71
T116
Steve Wheatcroft
USA
1
71
T116
Will Zalatoris
USA
1
71
T116
Zecheng Dou
CHN
1
71
T137
Arjun Atwal
IND
2
72
T137
Brandon Harkins
USA
2
72
T137
Brian Stuard
USA
2
72
T137
Dicky Pride
USA
2
72
T137
George McNeill
USA
2
72
T137
Kris Blanks
USA
2
72
T137
Kyle Thompson
USA
2
72
T137
Matt Atkins
USA
2
72
T137
Sam Ryder
USA
2
72
T137
Sean O'Hair
USA
2
72
T137
Talor Gooch
USA
2
72
T148
Robert Streb
USA
3
73
T148
Rod Pampling
AUS
3
73
T148
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
3
73
T151
Cody Gribble
USA
4
74
T151
Daniel Summerhays
USA
4
74
T151
Ethan Tracy
USA
4
74
T151
Seamus Power
IRL
4
74
T151
Tom Lovelady
USA
4
74
156
Charles Frost
USA
5
75
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-11
59
T2
John Oda
USA
-7
63
T2
Ryan Moore
USA
-7
63
T4
Abraham Ancer
USA
-6
64
T4
Brett Stegmaier
USA
-6
64
T4
D. A. Points
USA
-6
64
T4
David Hearn
CAN
-6
64
T4
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-6
64
T4
Martin Flores
USA
-6
64
T4
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-6
64
T11
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-5
65
T11
Brice Garnett
USA
-5
65
T11
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-5
65
T11
Corey Conners
CAN
-5
65
T11
Jim Furyk
USA
-5
65
T11
Keith Mitchell
USA
-5
65
T11
Nick Taylor
CAN
-5
65
T11
Ryan Armour
USA
-5
65
T11
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-5
65
T20
Billy Horschel
USA
-4
66
T20
Denny McCarthy
USA
-4
66
T20
Harold Varner III
USA
-4
66
T20
Harris English
USA
-4
66
T20
Jamie Lovemark
USA
-4
66
T20
Jason Dufner
USA
-4
66
T20
Michael Thompson
USA
-4
66
T20
Peter Malnati
USA
-4
66
T20
Ricky Barnes
USA
-4
66
T20
Sam Saunders
USA
-4
66
T20
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-4
66
T20
Webb Simpson
USA
-4
66
T32
Alex Cejka
GER
-3
67
T32
Brian Davis
ENG
-3
67
T32
Cameron Percy
AUS
-3
67
T32
Dylan Meyer
USA
-3
67
T32
Hudson Swafford
USA
-3
67
T32
Kevin Tway
USA
-3
67
T32
Ryan Blaum
USA
-3
67
T32
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
-3
67
T32
Scott Stallings
USA
-3
67
T32
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-3
67
T32
Tommy Gainey
USA
-3
67
T32
Trey Mullinax
USA
-3
67
T32
Zac Blair
USA
-3
67
T45
Andrew Yun
USA
-2
68
T45
Billy Hurley III
USA
-2
68
T45
Blayne Barber
USA
-2
68
T45
Chad Campbell
USA
-2
68
T45
Chesson Hadley
USA
-2
68
T45
Danny Lee
NZL
-2
68
T45
Doc Redman
USA
-2
68
T45
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-2
68
T45
Doug Ghim
USA
-2
68
T45
Ernie Els
RSA
-2
68
T45
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-2
68
T45
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-2
68
T45
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-2
68
T45
Ken Duke
USA
-2
68
T45
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-2
68
T45
Matthew Every
USA
-2
68
T45
Norman Xiong
USA
-2
68
T45
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-2
68
T45
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-2
68
T45
Richy Werenski
USA
-2
68
T45
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-2
68
T45
Russell Henley
USA
-2
68
T45
Scott Brown
USA
-2
68
T45
Shawn Stefani
USA
-2
68
T45
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
-2
68
T45
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-2
68
T45
Wesley Bryan
USA
-2
68
T45
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
-2
68
T73
Adam Schenk
USA
-1
69
T73
Bill Haas
USA
-1
69
T73
Carl Pettersson
SWE
-1
69
T73
Chris Kirk
USA
-1
69
T73
Conrad Shindler
USA
-1
69
T73
David Lingmerth
SWE
-1
69
T73
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-1
69
T73
J. J. Henry
USA
-1
69
T73
James Driscoll
USA
-1
69
T73
Jason Kokrak
USA
-1
69
T73
Jonas Blixt
SWE
-1
69
T73
Lanto Griffin
USA
-1
69
T73
Martin Laird
SCO
-1
69
T73
Mickey DeMorat
USA
-1
69
T73
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
-1
69
T73
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-1
69
T73
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
-1
69
T73
Shane Bertsch
USA
-1
69
T73
Shane Lowry
IRL
-1
69
T73
Stuart Appleby
AUS
-1
69
T73
T. J. Vogel
USA
-1
69
T73
Tom Hoge
USA
-1
69
T73
William McGirt
USA
-1
69
T96
Ben Crane
USA
Par
70
T96
Brendan Steele
USA
Par
70
T96
Brian Gay
USA
Par
70
T96
Daniel Berger
USA
Par
70
T96
Graeme McDowell
NIR
Par
70
T96
Grayson Murray
USA
Par
70
T96
Hunter Mahan
USA
Par
70
T96
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
Par
70
T96
John Huh
USA
Par
70
T96
Johnson Wagner
USA
Par
70
T96
Martin Piller
USA
Par
70
T96
Matt Jones
AUS
Par
70
T96
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
Par
70
T96
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
Par
70
T96
Nick Watney
USA
Par
70
T96
Rob Oppenheim
USA
Par
70
T96
Scott Piercy
USA
Par
70
T96
Steve Stricker
USA
Par
70
T96
Stewart Jolly
USA
Par
70
T96
Tyler Duncan
USA
Par
70
T116
Andres Romero
ARG
1
71
T116
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
1
71
T116
Brendon de Jonge
ZIM
1
71
T116
Bronson Burgoon
USA
1
71
T116
Cameron Tringale
USA
1
71
T116
Chris Stroud
USA
1
71
T116
Davis Love III
USA
1
71
T116
Derek Fathauer
USA
1
71
T116
J. T. Poston
USA
1
71
T116
Jason Bohn
USA
1
71
T116
John Merrick
USA
1
71
T116
Jonathan Randolph
USA
1
71
T116
Julian Suri
USA
1
71
T116
Parker McLachlin
USA
1
71
T116
Peter Uihlein
USA
1
71
T116
Retief Goosen
RSA
1
71
T116
Robert Garrigus
USA
1
71
T116
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
1
71
T116
Steve Wheatcroft
USA
1
71
T116
Will Zalatoris
USA
1
71
T116
Zecheng Dou
CHN
1
71
T137
Arjun Atwal
IND
2
72
T137
Brandon Harkins
USA
2
72
T137
Brian Stuard
USA
2
72
T137
Dicky Pride
USA
2
72
T137
George McNeill
USA
2
72
T137
Kris Blanks
USA
2
72
T137
Kyle Thompson
USA
2
72
T137
Matt Atkins
USA
2
72
T137
Sam Ryder
USA
2
72
T137
Sean O'Hair
USA
2
72
T137
Talor Gooch
USA
2
72
T148
Robert Streb
USA
3
73
T148
Rod Pampling
AUS
3
73
T148
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
3
73
T151
Cody Gribble
USA
4
74
T151
Daniel Summerhays
USA
4
74
T151
Ethan Tracy
USA
4
74
T151
Seamus Power
IRL
4
74
T151
Tom Lovelady
USA
4
74
156
Charles Frost
USA
5
75