Brady Schnell cards 59 at PGA Tour Canada event in Calgary

Brady Schnell cards 59 at PGA Tour Canada event in Calgary

What's the best way to overcome a slow start in a golf tournament? Just break 60. That's what Brady Schnell did on Friday in the second round of PGA Tour Canada's ATB Financial Classic.

Schnell carded 13-under 59 at Sirocco G.C. in Calgary. The 29-year-old University of Nebraska product started on the 10th hole, going out in 6-under 30. Then he played the next eight holes in 5 under par, including consecutive birdies on the par-4 seventh and par-5 eighth. To post a magical 59, Schnell would need to eagle the par-4 ninth. And that's exactly what he did with a gap wedge from 122 yards.

The Iowa native is only the second player to post 59 in PGA Tour Canada (the erstwhile Canadian Tour) history. Jason Bohn did Schnell one better, shooting 58 in the 2001 Bayer Championship. 

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Schnell trails Brock Mackenzie by two shots heading into the weekend in Alberta province. Schnell's best finish in six PGA Tour Canada starts this season has been a solo sixth at the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel.