The number of men to shoot a sub-60 round on the PGA Tour (nine) is closing in on the number of men who have walked on the moon (12) after Brandt Snedeker added his name to the list on Thursday at the Wyndham Championship.
— Ron Mintz (@MintzGolf) August 17, 2018
The Vanderbilt grad missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the eighth green, his 17th hole of the day, to get to 11-under par on the par-70 layout, but he rolled in a 20-footer from the fringe on the ninth green to shoot golf’s magic number.
“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,” Snedeker told PGATour.com. “But I kind of found something late yesterday on the golf course that kind of built on what I was working on earlier in the week.”
A good round was all but guaranteed as Snedeker birdied the first three holes of his back nine to move to 6-under par, but 59 didn’t really come into the conversation until he stovepiped his second shot at the par-4 6th hole. The eagle 2 was bookended by a two more birdies that left him at 10-under par with two holes to play.
Needing a birdie on one or both of the last two holes to make PGA Tour history, Snedeker stuffed his approach on the 8th hole only to miss the putt, which only set up the dramatics that he would go on to provide on the 9th.